Definition of parakeet in English:


(also parrakeet)


  • A small parrot with predominantly green plumage and a long tail.

    • ‘Crows, Cuckoos and Parakeets are very destructive, parakeets not only destroy fruit tree buds but also raid nests and kill nestlings.’
    • ‘Aplomado falcons, and parakeets, are still pretty common in Mexico.’
    • ‘Forest wagtails, flycatchers, rose-ringed parakeet and black-crested buzzard always made the metro their home.’
    • ‘He has shared his yard north of Santa Monica, California, with many species of birds, including the black-hooded parakeet, for 25 years.’
    • ‘The echo parakeet is probably the most intensively managed bird in the world today, and it frustrates Jones that endangered species elsewhere are not supported with the same offensive onslaught.’


Mid 16th century: from Old French paroquet, Italian parrocchetto, and Spanish periquito; origin uncertain, perhaps (via Italian) based on a diminutive meaning ‘little wig’, referring to head plumage, or (via Spanish) based on a diminutive of the given name Pedro.