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parterre

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Pronunciation: /pɑːˈtɛː
 
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Definition of parterre in English:

noun

1A level space in a garden occupied by an ornamental arrangement of flower beds: he was planting bulbs in the parterre for a spring display
More example sentences
  • But then came the Industrial Revolution and mass production, and parterres, allées and garden ornaments again were status symbols.
  • I'll never forget its shady walks and ancient trees, its soft green lawns and parterres bursting flowers.
  • Lying to the north of the mansion and set among newly planted wild meadows, the seed bank adds to the attractions with a winter garden and parterre open to the public.
2North American The part of the ground floor of a theatre auditorium behind the orchestra pit, especially the part beneath the balconies.
Example sentences
  • Accommodation in the Park Theatre's pit, however, was still primitive, since it had not yet evolved into the parterre of later years as the locus of a playhouse's best seats.

Origin

early 17th century: from French, from par terre 'on the ground'.

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