Definition of parkin in English:


Line breaks: par¦kin
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːkɪn


[mass noun] British
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).


early 19th century: perhaps from the family name Parkin, diminutive of Per 'Peter'.

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