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[pahr-key] /pɑrˈkeɪ/
a floor composed of short strips or blocks of wood forming a pattern, sometimes with inlays of other woods or other materials.
the part of the main floor of a theater, opera house, etc., that is between the musicians' area and the parterre or rear division or, especially in the U.S., the entire floor space for spectators.
verb (used with object), parqueted
[pahr-keyd] /pɑrˈkeɪd/ (Show IPA),
[pahr-key-ing] /pɑrˈkeɪ ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to construct (a floor) of parquetry.
Origin of parquet
1670-80; < French, diminutive of parc park; see -et Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for parquet
Historical Examples
  • "Give us the truth," some one at the left of the parquet cried.

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
  • There's a man over there in the parquet that I want to say a word to; don't wait for me.

  • The parquet floor was to be supplied with rugs of warm Eastern colours.

    The Lady of the Basement Flat Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Within, the wards are lined by glazed tiles, and the floors are of parquet.

    Holborn and Bloomsbury Sir Walter Besant
  • Zollern tapped his cane on the parquet floor, rhythmically, persistently.

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • In Texas some of it is employed in the manufacture of parquet flooring.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The design of the parquet floor should be simple and unobtrusive.

    The Decoration of Houses Edith Wharton
  • The parquet is of Jasper mosaic, a present from the Shah to Alexis.

    The Story of Moscow Wirt Gerrare
  • But everyone in the parquet thought that the kiss had been intended for him.

    Walter Pieterse Multatuli
  • The servants' footsteps could no longer be heard on the parquet floor.

British Dictionary definitions for parquet


/ˈpɑːkeɪ; -kɪ/
a floor covering of pieces of hardwood fitted in a decorative pattern; parquetry
Also called parquet floor. a floor so covered
(US) the stalls of a theatre
the main part of the Paris Bourse, where officially listed securities are traded Compare coulisse (sense 3)
(in France) the department of government responsible for the prosecution of crimes
verb (transitive)
to cover (a floor) with parquet
Word Origin
C19: from Old French: small enclosure, from parc enclosure; see park
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for parquet

1816, "patterned wooden flooring," from French parquet "wooden flooring; enclosed portion of a park," from Old French parchet (14c.) "small compartment, part of a park or theater," diminutive of parc (see park (n.)).

Meaning "part of a theater auditorium at the front of the ground floor" is first recorded 1848. The noun use in English has been influenced by the verb (attested from 1640s, from French parqueter. Related: Parquetry

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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