from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a floor of parquetry.
  • transitive v. To make (a floor, for example) of parquetry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. To lay or fit such a floor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. seating on the main floor between the orchestra and the parquet circle
  • n. a floor made of parquetry


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, parquetry, from Old French, diminutive of parc, enclosure; see park.



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