Definition of parterre
1 : an ornamental garden with paths between the beds
2 : the part of the main floor of a theater that is behind the orchestra; especially : parquet circle
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True to the period of the house, this one encloses a parterre garden accented by crape myrtle, camellia, sago palm, and banana.
Often regarded as England’s Versailles, Cliveden House also features the Prince of Wales Suite, complete with views of the lush 19th-century parterre.
At the fete, attendees filled the side parterre garden, the house and back courtyard, where Deacon John and the Ivories entertained, with an audience not shy to dance.
Victorian walled vegetable plots, orchards, parterres and pergolas, wildflower meadows, shady dells …
Make participation the entry requirement for lotteries that offer lavish prizes, like a parterre box for a night, a private dress fitting in the costume department or a chance to shadow a director for a day.
Mr. Hvorostovsky returned the eager waves of Florence Illi, his wife, and their two young children, Maxim and Nina, who were sitting in a parterre box not far from Renée Fleming, a close colleague.
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parterre Has French Roots
Parterre comes to English by way of French, where it means "on the ground". And in the early years of the theater, the parterre was truly on the ground. In Shakespeare's day, an English theater's parterre was the cheap standing-room area right in front of the stage, normally filled with rowdy spectators. The original idea of the French parterre garden, with its carefully designed plots and walkways, was to present an artistic pattern when seen from above—from a balcony, a raised terrace, or the top of an outdoor staircase. English gardeners responded with garden designs that tried to make their viewers half-forget that they were seeing something created by humans rather than untamed nature itself.
Origin and Etymology of parterre
French, from Middle French, from par terre on the ground
First Known Use: circa 1625See Words from the same year
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