from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A set of matched jewelry or other ornaments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A set of jewellery to be worn together.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ornament or decoration for the person; esp., a decoration consisting of a set of ornaments to be used together.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A set of corresponding articles of decorative character; also, the total amount of decoration produced in any one case by similar means, as a set of embroideries or lace trimmings for a dress; hence, a set of ornaments intended to be worn together, or matching with one another: as, a parure of jewels.
- n. Ornament; adornment.
French, from Old French, adornment, from parer, to adorn; see pare.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old (and modern) French parure, from parer ‘pare’. (Wiktionary)