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[pahr-kuh] /ˈpɑr kə/
a fur coat, shirtlike and hooded, for wear in the arctic and other regions of extreme cold.
a hip-length jacket or overshirt with an attached hood, often of wool or of a windproof, water-repellent material lined or trimmed with wool, used by skiers, hunters, the military, etc.
any coat or jacket with a hood, as a hooded raincoat or windbreaker.
dialectal Russian
1770-80; (< Aleut or Yupik) < dialectal Russian párka (< Komi) < Nenets Unabridged
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Examples from the web for parka
  • Snow crystals sting my face and coat my beard and the ruff of my parka.
  • She was wearing a down parka and gripping a sheaf of papers.
  • Our eyes are drawn immediately to the striking composition of the skis and the parka against the back wall.
  • Angelina awaited her cue, a hooded parka concealing the glamour that would soon emerge.
  • One guy had nothing on but shorts and a pink ski-parka hood.
  • Well, put on your parka and breeze through these cool questions.
  • After an hour of this, my parka and pants were covered with sticky circles of pig booger.
  • Don't forget to include a bathing suit, raincoat and parka.
  • Bring along a waterproof polar parka if one is not provided by your cruise line.
  • The parka jackets have embroidered floral details and some pieces have oversize floral pins.
British Dictionary definitions for parka


a warm hip-length weatherproof coat with a hood, originally worn by the Inuit
Word Origin
C19: from Aleutian: skin
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Word Origin and History for parka

1780, from Aleut parka, from Russian parka "a pelt or jacket made from pelt," from Samoyed.

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Encyclopedia Article for parka

hip-length, hooded jacket made of caribou, seal, or other fur, worn as an outer garment by the Arctic Eskimos. Men's and women's parkas are basically the same except for an extra hood in which the Eskimo woman can wrap a small child

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