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[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)
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.
Origin of pavé
1755-65; < French, past participle of paver. See pave
Related forms
unpaved, adjective
well-paved, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for well paved
Historical Examples
  • The streets are well paved, and lighted with gas; the houses are large and good; the shops excellent.

  • It was well paved, and its houses were respectably inhabited.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • The main streets of the city are wide and well paved, and the whole is enclosed by a low brick wall.

  • The streets are wide and well paved, like the new streets and boulevards of Paris.

    From Egypt to Japan Henry M. Field
  • In fact they had not yet been full ten minutes within the town; but the streets certainly were not well paved.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • The dwellings front upon thoroughfares of fairly good width, which are well paved and kept scrupulously neat and clean.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
  • The streets are well paved, and the principal avenues are beautified by ornamental trees uniformly planted.

    Equatorial America Maturin M. Ballou
  • Drivers and firemen in the present time may thank their stars that the way was well paved for them before they started.

    The Stoker's Catechism W. J. Connor
  • No other large Irish town is so well cleaned, so well paved, so brilliantly lighted.

  • All its buildings were tall and beautiful, and built of stone, while the streets were broad and well paved.

British Dictionary definitions for well paved


verb (transitive)
to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layer: bricks paved the causeway
(often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of): shelves paved with marble
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


a paved surface, esp an uneven one
a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
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Word Origin and History for well paved



early 14c., "to cover (a street) with stones or other material," from Old French paver "to pave" (12c.), perhaps a back-formation from Old French pavement or else from Vulgar Latin *pavare, from Latin pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. Latin putare "to prune;" Greek paiein "to strike;" Lithuanian piauju "to cut," piuklas "saw"). Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of "make smooth" (as in pave the way) is attested from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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