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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.
Origin of parka
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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