[puh-vey, pav-ey; French pa-vey]
noun, plural pavés [puh-veyz, pav-eyz; French pa-vey] .
a pavement.
Jewelry. a setting of stones placed close together so as to show no metal between them.
Jewelry. in the manner of a pavé; as a pavé: diamonds set pavé.
Also, pavéd, pavéed. being set pavé: pavé rubies.

1755–65; < French, past participle of paver. See pave

unpaved, adjective
well-paved, adjective Unabridged
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pave (peɪv)
1.  to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
2.  to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layer: bricks paved the causeway
3.  (often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of): shelves paved with marble
4.  to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way): to pave the way for future development
[C14: from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre to ram down]

pavé (ˈpæveɪ)
1.  a paved surface, esp an uneven one
2.  a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows

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Word Origin & History

c.1310, "to cover with a pavement," from O.Fr. paver (12c.), from V.L. *pavare, from L. pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. L. putare "to prune"). The fig. sense of to pave the way is attested from 1585.
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Example sentences
If you want to pave the arbor floor, do so right after setting the posts.
We will continue to help pave the way for adaptive professors and campuses.
Your candor and ability to write about mental illnesses will help pave the way
  for a better future.
First as a form in repose, she will tone down savage life, and pave the way
  from feeling to thought.
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