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[puh-vey, pav-ey; French pa-vey] /pəˈveɪ, ˈpæv eɪ; French paˈveɪ/
noun, plural pavés
[puh-veyz, pav-eyz; French pa-vey] /pəˈveɪz, ˈpæv eɪz; French paˈveɪ/ (Show IPA)
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, pavéd, pavéed. being set pavé:
pavé rubies.
Origin of pavé
1755-65; < French, past participle of paver. See pave
Related forms
unpaved, adjective
well-paved, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pavé
Historical Examples
  • The pavé of the Haymarket he considers classic ground, and the "Waterford Arms" a most select wine-bibbing establishment.

  • Of course a limber is not quite the vehicle you would select for comfort, especially over roads that are stony or pavé.

    Q.6.a and Other places Francis Buckley
  • But it is obvious that the paviour in a field hops the clod; that the clodhopper in a street paces the pavé.

  • The terrific "Louis Quatorze pavé," which one finds around Paris, is yearly growing less and less in quantity.

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • The authorities are improving things, but it will be some time yet before Belgium is as free from pavé as is France.

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • At the end of each day the Ten Hundred swung in a long swaying column behind their band along the pavé roads homewards.

    Norman Ten Hundred

    A. Stanley Blicq
  • This order was given out and within half an hour the Battalion was on the pavé road, marching towards Ypres.

  • At length we emerged from the slough, and about daylight on the third morning were rumbled over the pavé of Pittsburg.

    Impressions of America Tyrone Power
  • When we got to the pavé the colonel said we would walk across country the rest of the way.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • The rain comes beating pitilessly down on the long trail of men who stumble along in the blackness over the pavé.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for pavé


a paved surface, esp an uneven one
a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows


verb (transitive)
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 layer: bricks 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
Derived Forms
paver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre to ram down
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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.

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