Etymology
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parterre (n.)

1630s, "a system of beds of different shapes and sizes in which flowers are cultivated," from French parterre (1540s), from adverbial phrase par terre "over the ground;" see par + terrain. Meaning "the part of the floor of a theater beneath the galleries" is by 1711.

updated on February 01, 2020

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Definitions of parterre from WordNet

parterre (n.)
an ornamental flower garden; beds and paths are arranged to form a pattern;
parterre (n.)
seating at the rear of the main floor (beneath the balconies);
Synonyms: parquet circle
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