parure

[ puh-roor; French pa-ryr ]
/ pəˈrʊər; French paˈrür /

noun, plural pa·rures [puh-roorz; French pa-ryr]. /pəˈrʊərz; French paˈrür/.

a matching set of jewels or ornaments.

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Origin of parure

1200–50; Middle English <Old French pareure peeling <Latin parātūra (parāt-, past participle stem of parāre to prepare (see pare) + -ūra-ure)
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Example sentences from the Web for parure

  • Lbel Wolf, so soon as the young man left him, betook himself to the examination of the parure.

    A Noble Name|Claire Von Glmer
  • Poetry was the attribute of his order as joy was the parure of the preux chevalier.

  • A few steps from Emma a gentleman in a blue coat was talking of Italy with a pale young woman wearing a parure of pearls.

    Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for parure

parure
/ (pəˈrʊə) /

noun

a set of jewels or other ornaments

Word Origin for parure

C15: from Old French pareure adornment, from parer to embellish, from Latin parāre to arrange
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