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parterre

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noun par·terre \pär-ˈter\

Definition of parterre

  1. 1 :  an ornamental garden with paths between the beds

  2. 2 :  the part of the main floor of a theater that is behind the orchestra; especially :  parquet circle



Origin and Etymology of parterre

French, from Middle French, from par terre on the ground


First Known Use: circa 1639


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