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parterre

[pahr-tair] /pɑrˈtɛər/
noun
1.
Also called parquet circle. the rear section of seats, and sometimes also the side sections, of the main floor of a theater, concert hall, or opera house.
2.
an ornamental arrangement of flower beds of different shapes and sizes.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < French, noun use of phrase par terre on the ground. See per, terra
Related forms
parterred, adjective
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  • The mansion is built in the center of a square parterre, a service building being located at each corner of the square.
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parterre

/pɑːˈtɛə/
noun
1.
a formally patterned flower garden
2.
(Brit & Irish) the pit in a theatre
3.
(US) another name for parquet circle
Word Origin
C17: from French, from par along + terre ground
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Word Origin and History for parterre
n.

1630s, from French parterre (1540s), from adverbial phrase par terre "over the ground;" see par + terrain

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