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
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: Noun 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,, "For Kobe Bryant, basketball wasn’t just a vocation, it was an outlet for his genius," 27 Jan. 2020 The two chatted for a bit on center court before McEnroe took a few shots on the parquet. Nicole Yang,, "Gordon Hayward, John McEnroe share a love of this game," 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, "Masked Observer all-in with Incas and Butterfly Maidens," 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, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019 Inside, ceiling medallions, paneled walls and parquet and herringbone floors are among character details. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Top sales: NBCUniversal exec Ron Meyer produces whale of a sale in August," 20 Sep. 2019 Ceiling medallions, columns, paneled walls, splashes of marble and parquet and herringbone floors are among details found throughout the four-story floor plan. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Alicia Keys gets into the La Jolla state of mind," 14 Sep. 2019 The old, imperious king of the parquet, Kyrie, is gone, long live the new king, Kemba. Globe Staff,, "Can Kemba Walker make fans forget about Kyrie Irving?," 17 July 2019 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

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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 5 Aug. 2020.

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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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