[ pahr-tair ]
/ pɑrˈtɛər /


Also called parquet circle. the rear section of seats, and sometimes also the side sections, of the main floor of a theater, concert hall, or opera house.
an ornamental arrangement of flower beds of different shapes and sizes.

Nearby words

  1. partaker,
  2. partan,
  3. parted,
  4. parted per tierce,
  5. partera,
  6. parthenia,
  7. parthenic,
  8. partheno-,
  9. parthenocarpy,
  10. parthenogenesis

Origin of parterre

1630–40; < French, noun use of phrase par terre on the ground. See per, terra

Related formspar·terred, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for parterre


/ (pɑːˈtɛə) /


a formally patterned flower garden
British and Irish the pit in a theatre
US another name for parquet circle

Word Origin for parterre

C17: from French, from par along + terre ground

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Word Origin and History for parterre



1630s, from French parterre (1540s), from adverbial phrase par terre "over the ground;" see par + terrain

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