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From Anglo-Norman pavement, Middle French pavement, and their source, Latin pavīmentum (paved surface or floor), from pavire (to beat, to ram, to tread down).

Morphologically pave +‎ -ment


  • IPA(key): /ˈpeɪvmənt/
    • (file)


pavement (usually uncountable, plural pavements)

  1. (now chiefly in technical contexts) A paved surface; a hard covering on the ground. [from 13th c.]
  2. (now chiefly Canada, US) The paved part of a road or other thoroughfare; the roadway. [from 13th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol. II, ch. 53:
      [H]e attempted to recover his importance, by haranguing upon the Roman highways, when Mr. Jolter desired the company to take notice of the fine pavement upon which they travelled from Paris into Flanders [] .
    • 1991, Airpower Journal 1911, page 45:
      The antirunway munitions are specifically designed to cause maximum destruction to airfield pavements.
  3. (now chiefly Canada, US) The paved part of an area other than a road or sidewalk, such as a cobblestone plaza, asphalt schoolyard or playground, or parking lot.
  4. A paved footpath, especially at the side of a road. [from 18th c.]
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 14, in 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.
  5. (architecture) The interior flooring of a church sanctuary, between the communion rail and the altar. [from 19th c.]


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



pavement m (plural pavements)

  1. paving
  2. tiled floor

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Old French[edit]


paver +‎ -ment, based on Latin pavimentum (a hard surface, a pounded surface).


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

  1. a paved room


  • English: pavement
  • French: pavement