- a pavement.
- Jewelry. a setting of stones placed close together so as to show no metal between them.
- Jewelry. in the manner of a pavé; as a pavé: diamonds set pavé.
- Also pa·véd, pa·véed. being set pavé: pavé rubies.
Origin of pavé
- a paved surface, esp an uneven one
- a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
- to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
- to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layerbricks paved the causeway
- (often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of)shelves paved with marble
- to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way)to pave the way for future development
Word Origin and History for pavé
early 14c., "to cover (a street) with stones or other material," from Old French paver "to pave" (12c.), perhaps a back-formation from Old French pavement or else from Vulgar Latin *pavare, from Latin pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. Latin putare "to prune;" Greek paiein "to strike;" Lithuanian piauju "to cut," piuklas "saw"). Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of "make smooth" (as in pave the way) is attested from 1580s.