Definition of parachute noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpærəʃuːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəʃuːt//
Extreme sports, Plane travel
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(informal chute) a device that is attached to people or objects to make them fall slowly and safely when they are dropped from an aircraft. It consists of a large piece of thin cloth that opens out in the air to form an umbrella shape. Planes dropped supplies by parachute. a parachute drop/jump a parachute regiment Wordfinderaircraft, bomber, drone, fighter, helicopter, jet, jump jet, parachute, pilot, warplane See related entries: Extreme sports, Plane travel Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French para- ‘protection against’ + chute ‘fall’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: parachute