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.
- par·terred, adjective
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How to use parterre in a sentence
The "pigeon house" stood behind a locked gate, and a shallow parterre that had been somewhat neglected.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
The silent parterre would be gay with a giddy, chattering mob of Society people before long, Vera hurriedly explained.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
In the middle of this natural parterre the stone was placed, and was overtopped by this growth, and thus concealed by it.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
There were three circles of dancers: near the entrance to the parterre, in the centre of the floor, and on the stage.The conquest of Rome | Matilde Serao
The Arabesque roof was borne on Byzantine arches, which gave free access on three sides from a delightful parterre.The Great Mogul | Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for parterre
a formally patterned flower garden
British and Irish the pit in a theatre
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