parquet

[pahr-key]
noun
1.
a floor composed of short strips or blocks of wood forming a pattern, sometimes with inlays of other woods or other materials.
2.
the part of the main floor of a theater, opera house, etc., that is between the musicians' area and the parterre or rear division or, especially in the U.S., the entire floor space for spectators.
verb (used with object), parqueted [pahr-keyd] , parqueting [pahr-key-ing] .
3.
to construct (a floor) of parquetry.

Origin:
1670–80; < French, diminutive of parc park; see -et

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parquet (ˈpɑːkeɪ, -kɪ)
 
n
1.  a floor covering of pieces of hardwood fitted in a decorative pattern; parquetry
2.  Also called: parquet floor a floor so covered
3.  (US) the stalls of a theatre
4.  Compare coulisse the main part of the Paris Bourse, where officially listed securities are traded
5.  (in France) the department of government responsible for the prosecution of crimes
 
vb
6.  to cover (a floor) with parquet
 
[C19: from Old French: small enclosure, from parc enclosure; see park]

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parquet
1816, "patterned wooden flooring," from Fr. parquet "wooden flooring, enclosed portion of a park," from O.Fr. parchet (14c.) "small compartment, part of a park or theater," dim. of parc (see park). Meaning "part of a theater auditorium at the front of the ground floor" is first recorded 1848.
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Example sentences
The parquet floors had long since gone gray and all the wood moldings were
  muffled with paint.
The dogs there are required to wear white socks so as not to scratch the
  parquet floors.
History's echoes are there, but they're heard mostly in the hollow sounds of
  footsteps on parquet floors.
Attractive wood parquet floors and oversized closets are throughout this
  gracious residence.
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