par·​quet | \ pär-ˈkā How to pronounce parquet (audio) \
parqueted\ pär-​ˈkād How to pronounce parquet (audio) \; parqueting\ pär-​ˈkā-​iŋ How to pronounce parquet (audio) \

Definition of parquet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a floor of parquet
2 : to make of parquetry


par·​quet | \ ˈpär-ˌkā How to pronounce parquet (audio) , pär-ˈkā \

Definition of parquet (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a patterned wood surface (such as flooring or paneling) especially : one made of parquetry
b : parquetry
2 : the main floor of a theater specifically : the part from the front of the stage to the parquet circle

Examples of parquet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Much like hardwood floors, parquet can buckle, so it shouldn’t be laid in bathrooms or other moisture-dense areas. Sarah Baird, House Beautiful, 14 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 145-seat restaurant, designed by Grizform Design Architects, incorporates New Orleans-ish details such as oak parquet flooring, walnut millwork, mosaics, marble and hand-cast wrought iron that’s adorned with greenery. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 14 May 2021 That’s when Whiteside bolted for the real action on the parquet at the other end of Storrow Drive., 29 Apr. 2021 The rivalry heated up again when Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale roamed the parquet in the early 1980s., 6 Apr. 2021 The Celtics won the ’08 series as Bryant’s Lakers were blasted off the parquet in Game 6, suffering a 39-point beatdown. Globe Staff,, 27 Jan. 2020 The two chatted for a bit on center court before McEnroe took a few shots on the parquet. Nicole Yang,, 3 Mar. 2020 Regardless, such disregard for the condition of the temporary parquet is having lasting effect, as the Civic Center floor appeared to abound in cracks and long sashes of tape from constant, makeshift repairs. al, 21 Feb. 2020 Karen's hair is almost unmussed, but blood streams from her eyes and nose and mouth, soaking into a ratty rug and a dingy parquet-floored hallway near the dog's bowl. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2019 Inside, ceiling medallions, paneled walls and parquet and herringbone floors are among character details. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of parquet


circa 1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for parquet


French, from Middle French, small enclosure, from parc park

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“Parquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parquet

: a surface (such as a floor) made of small pieces of wood that fit together to form a pattern

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