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Parr \Parr\ (p[aum]r), n. [Cf. Gael. & Ir. bradan a salmon.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. A young salmon in the stage when it has dark transverse bands; -- called also samlet, skegger, and fingerling.

  2. A young leveret.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"young salmon," c.1720, Scottish, of unknown origin.


n. 1 Young salmon, at a stage between fry and smolt when they feed chiefly on invertebrates but cannot tolerate saltwater. 2 A young leveret.


Parr may refer to:

  • Parr (surname), people with the surname Parr
  • Parr, St Helens, a suburb of St Helens, England
  • Parr, Indiana, a small town in the United States
  • Parr (fish), a juvenile salmon
  • Parr (artist), an Inuit artist
  • Carolinas–Virginia Tube Reactor, a demonstration heavy water nuclear reactor commonly called the Parr reactor after the plant's location of Parr, South Carolina
Parr (surname)

Parr is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Archie Parr (1860–1942), Texas rancher and politician
  • Ben Parr (born 1985), author of Captivology and former Co-Editor of Mashable
  • Bob Parr (producer) (born 1957), New Zealand television personality, former UK Special Forces operator
  • Catherine Parr (c. 1512–1548), Queen of England (1543 - 1547)
  • Charlie Parr country blues musician
  • Chris Parr (born 1944), British theatre director and television executive
  • George Berham Parr (1901–1975), Texas rancher and politician
  • George Parr (cricketer) (1826–1891), English cricketer
  • Jackie Parr (21 November 1920–1985), English footballer
  • Jerry Parr (1930–2015), Secret Service agent for Ronald Reagan
  • John Parr (born 1954), English musician
  • John Edmeston Parr (1856–1923), architect; see Parr and Fee
  • John Parr (British Army soldier) (1898–1914), first British soldier to die in World War I
  • John Parr (governor) (1725–1791)
  • Jonathan Parr (born 1988), Norwegian footballer
  • John Wayne Parr (born 1976), kickboxer
  • Kenneth Parr (born 1988), British sportshooter
  • Larry Parr (chess player) (1946–2011), American chess player, author and editor
  • Larry Parr (director), New Zealand film director and screenwriter
  • Lily Parr (1905–1978), English-born footballer
  • Lynn Parr (born 1959), Irish-English writer and artist
  • Maria Parr (born 1981), Norwegian children's writer
  • Martin Parr (born 1952), British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector
  • Martin Willoughby Parr (1892–1985), governor of the British-administered province of Equatoria in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
  • Maud Green, Lady Parr (1492–1531), mother-in-law of Henry VIII
  • Nowell Parr, British architect
  • Peter Parr , General Manager – Football - of the North Queensland Cowboys
  • Robert Parr (born 1921), theoretical chemist
  • Robert Parr, pseudonym of Erle Stanley Gardner (1889 –1970)
  • Russ Parr (born 1959), American radio and television personality
  • Samuel Parr (1747 – 1825), English schoolmaster, writer
  • Samuel Wilson Parr (1857–1931), American chemist
  • Terence Parr (born 1964), professor of computer science
  • Old Tom Parr (1483(reputedly)–1635), English supercentenarian who claimed to have lived for 152 years
  • Thomas Parr (d.1461) (1407–1461), English landowner, MP and under-sheriff of Westmorland
  • Sir Thomas Parr (c.1483–1517), 16th-century English courtier and father of Queen Katherine Parr
  • Thomas Parr (of Bencoolen) (17??–1807), British resident in Bencoolen
  • Thomas Johannes Lauritz Parr (1862–1935), Norwegian educator
  • Walter Parr (1871–1922), English-born American preacher and author
  • William Parr, 1st Baron Parr of Kendal, KG (1434 – 1483)[1] English courtier and soldier
  • William Parr, 1st Baron Parr of Horton (c. 1483–1547), English soldier
  • William Parr, 1st Marquess of Northampton (1513 –1571), Knight of the Garter
Parr (artist)

Parr (1893, near Cape Dorset - 3 November 1969, Cape Dorset) was an Inuit artist who lived a traditional Inuit lifestyle until 1961, when he settled in Cape Dorset because of declining health and a hunting accident.

There he began to draw and make stonecut relief prints, creating over 2000 works in the next eight years. These are mainly images of hunting scenes, although Shamanic subjects are also depicted. These works are now in many international collections, including the British Museum. In 1977 one of his prints was featured on a Canadian postage stamp.

His sons Nuna Parr and Peter Parr are also artists.

Usage examples of "parr".

The Earl of Northam indicated the stage, where Miss India Parr was standing with her fists resting on the wide panniers of her gown, and her elbows cocked sharply outward.

India Parr was farther from all of them now than she had been when she was behind the footlights.

It will soon be public record that I have alienated the affections of Miss Parr, which, indeed, I have.

Unlike the revered Sarah Siddons, who first trod the boards in Drury Lane more than a quarter of a century before, India Parr was not foremost a tragic actress.

It was widely agreed that while her tragic heroines were most excellently realized, Miss Parr had a particular gift for the nuance of character in the comedies, and the sharp timing and physical humor of farces.

It was hard to believe the hand-clapping could sustain itself, let alone grow louder, yet both these things occurred as India Parr came front and center and made her deep curtsy.

Standing once more, Miss India Parr stepped as close to the footlamps as she dared and applauded her audience.

Perhaps she was staying away at the express orders of Miss Parr herself, or perhaps, as South suspected, she was availing herself of the medicinal properties of a dram or two of gin.

The boy, South thought, was learning as much from Miss Parr about acting as he was about reading.

Miss Parr stepped toward him as he began to unfasten his coat, belatedly realizing that her flustered maid had taken no measures to secure these items from him.

A less perceptive woman would have assumed his surprise had been only for the supper, yet India Parr sensed more than the obvious and unerringly targeted the things he had not said.

The consomme might be a diversion, but Miss Parr did not seem to understand that anticipation was the real aphrodisiac.

India Parr could reasonably expect to earn in a lifetime spent at her craft.

India Parr on stage: bewigged and rouged and costumed, a slight, willowy figure commanding almost as much space and men with as few words as Admiral Nelson had.

India Parr in her dressing room: polite now but somehow reticent, estranged from the very crowd that had come to pay homage, the woman inside the dress and paint closer to the surface.