American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A floor made of parquetry.
- n. The art or process of making parquetry.
- n. The part of the main floor of a theater between the orchestra pit and the parquet circle.
- n. The entire main floor of a theater.
- v. To furnish with a floor of parquetry.
- v. To make (a floor, for example) of parquetry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, that part of the auditorium of a theater which extends from the usual station of the musicians, in front of the stage, to the parterre, which is the part of the floor beneath the galleries; the former pit of an English theater (pit now being often used in a new sense, equivalent to parterre), or the orchestra of a French theater. In the United States the word is somewhat loosely used, being sometimes applied to the entire floor, sometimes to a section differently bounded from that above described.
- n. In French law: The magistrates who are charged with the conduct of proceedings in criminal cases and misdemeanors.
- n. The space in a court-room between the judge's bench and the seats of the counsel.
- n. That part of the floor of a bourse which is reserved for the titular stockbrokers.
- n. Same as parquetry.
- Composed of parquetry: as, a parquet floor.
- To form or work in parquetry; inlay in wood arranged in a pattern.
- adj. made of parquetry.
- n. a wooden floor made of parquetry.
- n. the part of a theatre between the orchestra and the parquet circle.
- v. transitive To lay or fit such a floor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A body of seats on the floor of a music hall or theater nearest the orchestra; but commonly applied to the whole lower floor of a theater, from the orchestra to the dress circle; the pit.
- n. Same as Parquetry.
- n. In various European public bourses, the railed-in space within which the “agents de change,” or privileged brokers, conduct business; also, the business conducted by them; -- distinguished from the
coulisse, or outside market.
- n. In most European countries, the branch of the administrative government which is charged with the prevention, investigation, and punishment of crime, representing the public and not the individual injured.
- n. seating on the main floor between the orchestra and the parquet circle
- n. a floor made of parquetry
- French, parquetry, from Old French, diminutive of parc, enclosure; see park. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We rollerskate in parquet hallways and throw water balloons from roof gardens tended by Japanese men whose names we don't know.”
“The French parquet is always more or less dusty, although infinitely superior in point of cleanliness and healthiness to our absorbent floor.”
“The parquet was a bit warped, but it was parquet, just the same.”
“Each day the bewildered, distressed young woman who sat with Barnes in the dim "parquet," whispered in his ear:”
“The lounge is furnished with well-selected finds from local vintage shops, while the four subtly styled upstairs rooms all have shiny, polished parquet floors.”
“I notice the off-white parquet floors, which look contemporary.”
“I looked down and saw these beautiful parquet floors.”
“So I'm watching the basketball playoffs the other day, and notice that the parquet floor isn't at Boston Garden anymore.”
“The result is the most fabulous and hysterical routine to grace the Dancing parquet in 13 seasons.”
“Its main work was giant letters or perhaps they were words on a parquet floor.”
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