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  1. a person that paves; paver.
  2. a material used for paving.
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Also especially British, pav·iour.

Origin of pavior

1375–1425; alteration of late Middle English pavier; see pave, -ier1
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Examples from the Web for paviour

Historical Examples

  • He was surnamed the “Paviour,” and, when off duty, generally so addressed.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • But it is obvious that the paviour in a field hops the clod; that the clodhopper in a street paces the pavé.

  • As he adopted the phrase with a parental fondness, the father was called the “paviour.”

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • He was just over six feet high, with the shoulders of a paviour and the heart and lung capacity of a diver.

  • Chihun thumped Moti Guj's bald head as a paviour thumps a kerbstone.

    Life's Handicap

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for paviour


US pavior

  1. a person who lays paving
  2. a machine for ramming down paving
  3. material used for paving
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Word Origin

C15: from paver, from pave
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