Definition of parapente in US English:



  • 1The activity of gliding by means of an airfoil parachute launched from high ground.

    • ‘I did parapente for a second time, going up in a parachute over the cliff with the wind blowing me up, giving me a great bird's eye view of the city.’
    1. 1.1 The parachute used for parapente.
      • ‘He [was going to] jump from the summit with a parapente.’
      • ‘The pair fell off the edge, as they tried to take off in a double-harnessed parapente, a large parachute like a hang-glider.’
      • ‘As she reaches a point where the slope steepens slightly, she is airborne, joining the dozen parapentes and hang gliders that are already visible circling above the town.’


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  • Glide using an airfoil parachute.

    • ‘Apparently, Iquique is one of the best places in South America to parapente because of the air currents and wind - and the great views.’
    • ‘Five years later, a solo Japanese climber who tried to parapente from the top of Nameless Tower was blown back into the wall and left stranded without food for six days until another team could descend Great Trango and climb Nameless to fetch him.’


1980s: from French, from para(chute) + pente ‘slope’.