[ pahr-muh; for 1 also Italian pahr-mah ]

  1. a city in N Italy, SE of Milan.

  2. a city in NE Ohio.

Words Nearby Parma Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Parma in a sentence

  • In the campaign of 1734 he was one of the chief commanders on the French side, and he fought the battles of Parma and Guastalla.

  • But this comes of old fashions, and of wearing a long Liddesdale whinger instead of a poniard of Parma.

    The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
  • He raised the lid of his box and showed her an enormous bunch of closely packed Parma violets.

    Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg

British Dictionary definitions for Parma


  1. (Italian ˈparma) a city in N Italy, in Emilia-Romagna: capital of the duchy of Parma and Piacenza from 1545 until it became part of Italy in 1860; important food industry (esp Parmesan cheese). Pop: 163 457 (2001)

  2. (ˈpɑːmə) a city in NE Ohio, south of Cleveland. Pop: 83 861 (2003 est)

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