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pavé

[puh-vey, pav-ey; French pa-vey] /pəˈveɪ, ˈpæv eɪ; French paˈveɪ/
noun, plural pavés
[puh-veyz, pav-eyz; French pa-vey] /pəˈveɪz, ˈpæv eɪz; French paˈveɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a pavement.
2.
Jewelry. a setting of stones placed close together so as to show no metal between them.
adverb
3.
Jewelry. in the manner of a pavé; as a pavé:
diamonds set pavé.
adjective
4.
Also, pavéd, pavéed. being set pavé:
pavé rubies.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < French, past participle of paver. See pave
Related forms
unpaved, adjective
well-paved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un-paved

pave

/peɪv/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
paver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre to ram down

pavé

/ˈpæveɪ/
noun
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 and History for un-paved
pave
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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