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

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Some rooms have special features like a wooden Versailles parquet on the first floor or Parisian mansards on the top floor. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Room at...Hotel Splendide Royal in Paris," 8 Jan. 2019 Sometime during the fourth quarter, when the Celtics already had salted the game away, and James was taking his leisurely strolls down the parquet in the general direction of the Mystic River, back in the Boston locker room, Smart’s phone went off. Charles P. Pierce,, "Marcus Smart Continues to Give the Celtics Exactly What They Need," 14 May 2018 That night, after the parquet had been tucked away, the Boston Bruins would play the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers. Charles P. Pierce,, "Larry Bird, Wayne Gretzky and My Favorite Day as a Sportswriter," 22 May 2018 On Monday afternoon, the Tigers celebrated on TD Garden parquet as one — defeating Mashpee, 70-62, in a Division 4 state semifinal on the strength of a 11-1 game-clinching run. Karl Capen,, "Pope John heading to its first state title game," 13 Mar. 2018 Hayward will step on the parquet again, whether in June or October, and the raid will be on. Lee Jenkins,, "The Immense Pride and Unspeakable Agony of Gordon Hayward," 20 Dec. 2017 The backdrop is a tall, broken wooden parquet, suggesting poverty cabins and hardscrabble farmhouses. John Timpane,, "'The Color Purple' at the Forrest Theatre: Climbing to a plateau of joy," 14 Dec. 2017 With the floors, made from Versailles parquet, this created a highly detailed but neutral background for their lushly upholstered and boldly colored furnishings. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Francophile Fantasy in New York," 4 Nov. 2011 Bird never did have the hops to transport himself from one piece of famed parquet to another, but that didn’t stop Pitino from selling the kind of grandiloquence that epitomized the too-good-to-be-true verbiage and essence of the college game. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "Pitino, Who Demanded Total Control, Can’t Avoid Accountability Now," 28 Sep. 2017

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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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The first known use of parquet was circa 1684

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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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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