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[puh-roo r; French pa-ryr] /pəˈrʊər; French paˈrür/
noun, plural parures
[puh-roo rz; French pa-ryr] /pəˈrʊərz; French paˈrür/ (Show IPA)
a matching set of jewels or ornaments.
Origin of parure
1200-50; Middle English < Old French pareure peeling < Latin parātūra (parāt-, past participle stem of parāre to prepare (see pare) + -ūra -ure) Unabridged
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  • A few steps from Emma a gentleman in a blue coat was talking of Italy with a pale young woman wearing a parure of pearls.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Conceive a parure all of white stones—diamonds, white sapphires, white topazes, tourmalines.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • Poetry was the attribute of his order as joy was the parure of the preux chevalier.

  • Their mother's dress was of golden tissue, trimmed with black chenille, with a parure of pearls and diamonds.

  • Lbel Wolf, so soon as the young man left him, betook himself to the examination of the parure.

    A Noble Name Claire Von Glmer
British Dictionary definitions for parure


a set of jewels or other ornaments
Word Origin
C15: from Old French pareure adornment, from parer to embellish, from Latin parāre to arrange
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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