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pavé

[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)
1.
a pavement.
2.
Jewelry. a setting of stones placed close together so as to show no metal between them.
adverb
3.
Jewelry. in the manner of a pavé; as a pavé:
diamonds set pavé.
adjective
4.
Also, pavéd, pavéed. being set pavé:
pavé rubies.
Origin of pavé
1755-1765
1755-65; < French, past participle of paver. See pave
Related forms
unpaved, adjective
well-paved, adjective
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  • On the unpaved ground the bakers crouched in irregular lines.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Through this we entered into an unpaved court, where the family was assembled.

  • Its buildings leaned over the narrow streets, which were unpaved.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • The floor was unpaved, and composed of damp earth strewed with filth.

    Manco, the Peruvian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • Its streets are unpaved, and all slope to the middle as a common sewer, as in Spain.

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • He found the city in 1787 in a wretched condition, unlighted, undrained, unpaved.

    Mexico

    Susan Hale
  • The gateway admits us into a barn-like entrance-hall, disordered and unpaved.

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram
  • The majority of the streets are unpaved, rugged, and broken.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for unpaved

unpaved

/ʌnˈpaɪvd/
adjective
1.
not covered in paving

pave

/peɪv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
2.
to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layer: bricks paved the causeway
3.
(often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of): shelves paved with marble
4.
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

pavé

/ˈpæveɪ/
noun
1.
a paved surface, esp an uneven one
2.
a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
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Word Origin and History for unpaved
adj.

1530s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of pave (v.).

pave

v.

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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