1A level space in a garden or yard occupied by an ornamental arrangement of flower beds.
- 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 an auditorium in the rear and on the sides, especially the part beneath the balcony.
- 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.
Early 17th century: from French, from par terre 'on the ground'.
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