parterre

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French parterre.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

parterre ‎(plural parterres)

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  1. A flowerbed, particularly an elevated one.
  2. A garden with paths between such flowerbeds.
    • 2015 August 29, Sarah Raven, “The stately home garden where you can pick-and-eat all summer [print version: Pick-and-eat planting for the modern parterre, page 5]”[1], The Daily Telegraph (Gardening), archived from the original on 3 September 2015:
      Parham House, near Pulborough in West Sussex, has a four-acre walled garden that was restored in the Twenties and has been maintained at a high level ever since. It is divided into four areas, one of which is filled by the cut-flower borders and a box-enclosed parterre. [] It is traditional in a parterre to mix flowers and veg, but this relaxed jungle of productive plants, packed in tight together, is lusher and more beautiful than the more usual Villandry style, where single or pairs of plants are used.
  3. A theater balcony, especially in an opera house; above the box seats, but definitely below family circle.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter III, The Younger Set:
      That was Selwyn's first encounter with the Ruthvens. A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.
  4. (US, New York) An apartment balcony.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

par +‎ terre

Noun[edit]

parterre m ‎(plural parterres)

  1. A part of a garden that is divided into flowerbeds.
  2. The part of a theater between the stalls and the rear.
    1. (by extension) The members of a theater audience seated in the parterre.
    2. (by analogy) An assembly or group of people.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French parterre.

Noun[edit]

parterre m ‎(plural parterres)

  1. Flowerbed.