pa·​rure pə-ˈru̇r How to pronounce parure (audio)
: a matched set of ornaments (such as jewelry)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Banquet in Malta, the Duchess of Cornwall once again went for the Greville Tiara, but this time wore it with her pink topaz demi-parure. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 27 Sep. 2022 Among the highlights: A Patek Philippe’s parure in diamonds, onyx and coral, circa 1970s, composed of a watch, necklace and bracelet (est. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 3 July 2022 The parure originally included a matching tiara, known as the Rundell Tiara, which is unfortunately no longer in existence. Jennifer Newman, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 Princess Grace of Monaco attended as the guest of the Rothschilds, in a white Dior gown and red Madame Grès cape that complemented her ruby and diamond parure. Vogue, 25 Apr. 2022 The only piece in the collection to feature any colored gems is an extravagant parure set with 9 Colombian emeralds totaling 40 carats which can transform into a collar necklace lined with baguette-cut emeralds or be worn as a brooch. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 4 Feb. 2022 Each is part of a parure, or a set of matching jewelry. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 4 Nov. 2021 Each tiara in the auction is part of a parure, or matching set of jewelry. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Nov. 2021 She is then seen swimming in a pool filled with lotus flowers wearing a precious diamond and emerald parure by Jim Dobson, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French, "adornment, ornament, matched set of jewelry," going back to Old French pareure "ornament," from parer "to prepare, adorn" + -ure -ure — more at pare

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parure was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Parure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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