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  1. any of various plasters or roughcasts for covering walls or other surfaces, especially a mortar of lime, hair, and cow dung for lining chimney flues.
  2. gypsum.
  3. pargeting(defs 2, 3).
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verb (used with object), par·get·ed, par·get·ing or (especially British) par·get·ted, par·get·ting.
  1. to cover or decorate with parget or pargeting.
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Origin of parget

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French pargeter, equivalent to par- per- + geter, spelling variant of jeter to throw; see jet1
Related formsun·par·get·ed, adjective


  1. the act of a person who pargets.
  2. ornamental or fine plasterwork, especially exterior plasterwork bearing designs in low relief.
  3. a lining of mortar or plaster for a chimney flue or the like.
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Also especially British, par·get·ting; parget (for defs 2, 3).

Origin of pargeting

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at parget, -ing1
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Historical Examples of pargetting

  • Pargetting for rendering inside chimney flues is made of one part of lime with three parts of cow dung free from straw or litter.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3


  • Broken oyster shells are distinguishable in the ornamental plasterwork, indicating that the pargetting was made at Jamestown.

British Dictionary definitions for pargetting


  1. Also called: pargeting
    1. plaster, mortar, etc, used to line chimney flues or cover walls
    2. plasterwork that has incised ornamental patterns
  2. another name for gypsum
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verb (tr)
  1. to cover or decorate with parget
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Word Origin for parget

C14: from Old French pargeter to throw over, from par per- + geter, from Medieval Latin jactāre to throw
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