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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)

transitive verb

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


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par·​quet ˈpär-ˌkā How to pronounce parquet (audio)
: a patterned wood surface (such as flooring or paneling)
especially : one made of parquetry
: 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
The Paris Suite is the epitome of refinement, with Louis XV and XVI furniture, embroidered silk drapes, and the same wood parquet as in Versailles. Town & Country, 7 Oct. 2022 Each comes fully furnished with gorgeous contemporary furniture, modern finishes and parquet wooden floors. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2022 Think an original wood-burning fireplace in the living room, parquet oak floors throughout and cast-iron windows. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 12 Sep. 2022 Hoop Dreams event, which will give you a chance to play on the TD Garden parquet for a great cause. Dan Shaughnessy,, 2 Sep. 2022 It can be used across a wealth of surfaces, including hard floors, laminate, tile, granite, and parquet, with its strong suction easily picking up dust, paper, and other garbage. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 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
Some of the rooms have wallpaper and parquet flooring, which may not be desirable. Claudia Gryvatz Copquin, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Internally, the reception spaces are decked out with parquet flooring, fireplaces, plaster paneling, and gilded ceiling motifs. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 23 Oct. 2023 Other original features include the thick exterior teak decks and cross-hatched parquet floors, which remain in fantastic condition, largely because Horten only used the yacht for her annual summer cruise. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2023 Also miraculous: 11-foot-high ceilings, Monticello-style parquet floors, and a key to Gramercy Park. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 21 Sep. 2023 Upon entering, a foyer and a grand hallway with herringbone-pattern parquet flooring and original cornicing lead to several reception rooms, a dining room, the kitchen with its walk-in pantry, a breakfast room, and a gym. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 14 Sep. 2023 Part of the retreat's main building, the luxurious rooms and suites feature a blend of contemporary furnishings with historic elements like original parquet flooring. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 23 June 2023 The dance party fills a maze of grand aristocratic rooms with period details like ornate moldings and parquet floors coupled with laser lights, smoke machines, and a booming, eclectic playlist that runs from electro to disco classics. Seth Sherwood, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2023 Other than Don Chaney, every Celtics guard who played more games than Smart has his number hanging over the parquet floor. Dan Shaughnessy,, 23 June 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


circa 1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of parquet was circa 1684

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“Parquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a flooring of parquetry

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