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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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Historical Examples
  • 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 pavé of the Haymarket he considers classic ground, and the "Waterford Arms" a most select wine-bibbing establishment.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • But it is obvious that the paviour in a field hops the clod; that the clodhopper in a street paces the pavé.

  • Butler turned to do the same, slipped on the pavé, and fell heavily, his ankle badly sprained.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
  • 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
  • I soon left this danger behind, and then struck a pavé road and a railway line.

    13 Days John Alan Lyde Caunter
  • This order was given out and within half an hour the Battalion was on the pavé road, marching towards Ypres.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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