[ pahr-key ]
/ pɑrˈkeɪ /


a floor composed of short strips or blocks of wood forming a pattern, sometimes with inlays of other woods or other materials.
the part of the main floor of a theater, opera house, etc., that is between the musicians' area and the parterre or rear division or, especially in the U.S., the entire floor space for spectators.

verb (used with object), par·queted [pahr-keyd] /pɑrˈkeɪd/, par·quet·ing [pahr-key-ing] /pɑrˈkeɪ ɪŋ/.

to construct (a floor) of parquetry.

Origin of parquet

1670–80; < French, diminutive of parc park; see -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for parquet

/ (ˈpɑːkeɪ, -kɪ) /


a floor covering of pieces of hardwood fitted in a decorative pattern; parquetry
Also called: parquet floor a floor so covered
US the stalls of a theatre
the main part of the Paris Bourse, where officially listed securities are tradedCompare coulisse (def. 3)
(in France) the department of government responsible for the prosecution of crimes

verb (tr)

to cover (a floor) with parquet

Word Origin for parquet

C19: from Old French: small enclosure, from parc enclosure; see park
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