Definition of parure in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈro͝or/


A set of jewels intended to be worn together.
Example sentences
  • The bottom necklace in the photo of Alexandra at left also shows the necklace that was part of the wedding parure given to her by the Prince of Wales.
  • They have recently acquired a necklace and pair of emerald and diamond earrings that were part of a parure given by Napoleon I to the Empress Marie Louise at the time of their marriage, in March 1810.
  • On 28 May 1952, Karl Albrecht's widow, the Archduchess Alice, and her son, the Archduke Karl Stefan, signed an affidavit before the Public Notary in Stockholm certifying the origin and their ownership of the parure.


Early 19th century: from French, from parer 'adorn'.

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Syllabification: pa·rure

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