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[puh-vey, pav-ey; French pa-vey]
noun, plural pa·vés [puh-veyz, pav-eyz; French pa-vey] /pəˈveɪz, ˈpæv eɪz; French paˈveɪ/.
  1. a pavement.
  2. Jewelry. a setting of stones placed close together so as to show no metal between them.
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  1. Jewelry. in the manner of a pavé; as a pavé: diamonds set pavé.
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  1. Also pa·véd, pa·véed. being set pavé: pavé rubies.
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Origin of pavé

1755–65; < French, past participle of paver. See pave
Related formsun·paved, adjectivewell-paved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pavé


  1. a paved surface, esp an uneven one
  2. a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
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verb (tr)
  1. to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
  2. to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layerbricks paved the causeway
  3. (often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of)shelves paved with marble
  4. to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way)to pave the way for future development
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Derived Formspaver, noun

Word Origin for pave

C14: from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre to ram down
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Word Origin and History for pavé



early 14c., "to cover (a street) with stones or other material," from Old French paver "to pave" (12c.), perhaps a back-formation from Old French pavement or else from Vulgar Latin *pavare, from Latin pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. Latin putare "to prune;" Greek paiein "to strike;" Lithuanian piauju "to cut," piuklas "saw"). Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of "make smooth" (as in pave the way) is attested from 1580s.

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