Definition of parkin in English:



mass nounBritish
  • A kind of dark gingerbread, typically with a soft, dry texture, made with oatmeal and treacle or molasses, especially in Yorkshire around Bonfire Night.

    ‘here's an apple and a piece of parkin’
    • ‘And instead of after-dinner mints, we are having parkin.’
    • ‘I'm shouting ‘Are you Ellie’ and Elie, complete with a mouthful of parkin, is gleefully shouting back ‘Yeth I am.’’
    • ‘I would like to point out to the paper's reporter Stephen Lewis that it was my intention not to enforce free parking in York but instead to offer the city's residents free parkin (the cake).’
    • ‘We were out of parkin by the time we came to close at 1pm.’
    • ‘Fireworks, parkin, sparklers, bonfires - we have one man to thank for the fun.’
    • ‘The gang and myself went out there today and came home with loads of veg, free range eggs, homemade bread, some jars of pickles and some parkin, (a Yorkshire cake made from treacle and ginger).’
    • ‘Traditional bonfire treats including black peas, baked potatoes, parkin, toffee apples and treacle toffee were also on offer.’
    • ‘Melvin bought all three of them hot soup, gingerbread and parkin, small cakes made out of oatmeal and treacle, followed by warm cider for the women and ale for himself.’
    • ‘Bispham United Reformed Church Ladies Friendship Group will hold its monthly coffee morning in the church hall, Warbreck Drive, on Wednesday, November 5, at 10.30 am, when parkin will be served.’
    • ‘She baked simnel cake, parkin and scones and made ‘mintoes’ out of powdered milk, syrup and peppermint.’
    • ‘I've always loved coming here, I thought, as we made tea in the not-too-floral teacups and remembered the parkin she used to make.’
    • ‘Mrs Woodcock has been hard at work making home-baked parkin made with locally-brewed real ale Wold Top beer.’
    • ‘I'll never forget her shepherd's pie, cooked with oysters in the old-fashioned style, or her parkin.’
    • ‘Bonfire night can fill a child with wonder and we love to see their little faces light up at the sight and sound of the fireworks and the smell and taste of treacle toffee and parkin.’


Early 19th century: perhaps from the family name Parkin, diminutive of Per ‘Peter’.