pavement

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Middle English, from Old French pavement, from Latin pavimentum (a hard surface, a pounded surface), from pavire (to beat, to ram, to tread down)

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pavement (usually uncountable, plural pavements)

  1. Any paved floor.
    • Milton
      The riches of heaven's pavement, trodden gold.
  2. (chiefly UK) A paved footpath, especially at the side of a road.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 14, The China Governess[1]:
      Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall. Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime. Their bases were on a level with the pavement outside, a narrow way which was several feet lower than the road behind the house.
  3. (US, uncountable) Paved exterior surface, as with a road or sidewalk.
  4. The interior flooring, especially when of stone, of large buildings such as a cathedral.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French < Latin pavimentum (a hard surface, a pounded surface) or from the verb paver + -ment.

Noun[edit]

pavement m (plural pavements)

  1. paving
  2. tiled floor

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin pavimentum (a hard surface, a pounded surface).

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pavement m (oblique plural pavemenz or pavementz, nominative singular pavemenz or pavementz, nominative plural pavement)

  1. a paved room

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