Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hooded fur outer garment worn in the Arctic, originally of pullover design but now generally having a front closure.
  • n. A coat or jacket with a hood and usually a warm lining for cold-weather wear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long jacket with a hood which protects the wearer against rain and wind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An outer garment made of the skins of birds or mammals, worn by Eskimos, etc.
  • n. A coat with a fur lining and a hood, used for protection in very cold weather.
  • n. Any of a variety of jackets with attached hoods, usually of very warm or waterproof construction so as to provide protection from cold or rainy weather.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coat, sack, or other outer garment made of bird-skins sewed together with the feathers on the inside, worn by the Aleuts.
  • n. A curious fossil from the Old Red Sandstone of Scotland and England.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a kind of heavy jacket (`windcheater' is a British term)

Etymologies

Alaskan Russian, pelt, ultimately of Nenets origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Aleut parka, from Russian парка (párka). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Made of pile fleece, the parka is lined with 200 grams of Thinsulate in the torso, 100 grams in the sleeves, and 60 in the hood.

    Cold Fronts

  • The hood of her squirrel-skin parka was tossed back, revealing the cameo-like oval of her face outlined against her heavily-massed hair.

    THE RACE FOR NUMBER THREE

  • The hood of her squirrel-skin parka was about her hair, and well drawn up around her throat; but her hands were unmittened and nimbly at work with needle and sinew, completing the last fantastic design on a belt of leather faced with bright scarlet cloth.

    Keesh, Son of Keesh

  • The hood of her squirrelskin parka was about her hair and well drawn up around her throat; but her hands were unmittened and nimbly at work with needle and sinew, completing the last fantastic design on a belt of leather faced with bright, scarlet cloth.

    Keesh, The Son of Keesh

  • Then the light was parted by a fur-clad figure, and an Indian girl slipped out of the webs, threw back the hood of her squirrel-skin parka, and stood in their midst.

    Where the Trail Forks

  • Ere her eyes closed for the last time she took my hand and slipped it under her squirrel-skin parka to her waist.

    Grit of Women

  • If they say it's going to be sunny and warm, I grab a rain parka.

    Obama Gets A Grade From MSNBC

  • And Okiakuta, my mother, laid beside me my squirrel-skin parka.

    THE SICKNESS OF LONE CHIEF

  • These days, a parka is a vital constituent of the female and male wardrobe.

    Parka Perfection

  • His head and broad shoulders disappeared as he squirmed into his shedding caribou-calfskin parka.

    Excerpt: Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner

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