[puh-roo r; French pa-ryr]
noun, plural pa·rures [puh-roo rz; French pa-ryr] /pəˈrʊərz; French paˈrür/.
  1. a matching set of jewels or ornaments.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for parure

Historical Examples of parure

  • 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

  • Conceive a parure all of white stones—diamonds, white sapphires, white topazes, tourmalines.

    Zuleika Dobson

    Max Beerbohm

  • Poetry was the attribute of his order as joy was the parure of the preux chevalier.

  • Their mother's dress was of golden tissue, trimmed with black chenille, with a parure of pearls and diamonds.

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

    A Noble Name

    Claire Von Glmer

British Dictionary definitions for parure


  1. 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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