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par·terre

 (pär-târ′)
n.
1. An ornamental flower garden having the beds and paths arranged to form a pattern.

[French, from Old French, ornamental garden, from par terre, on the ground : par, over, on; see paramount + terre, ground (from Old French, from Latin terra, earth; see ters- in Indo-European roots).]

parterre

(pɑːˈtɛə)
n
1. (Horticulture) a formally patterned flower garden
2. (Theatre) Brit and Irish the pit in a theatre
3. (Theatre) US another name for parquet circle
[C17: from French, from par along + terre ground]

par•terre

(pɑrˈtɛər)

n.
1. Also called parquet circle. the rear section of seats on the main floor of a theater, opera house, etc., under the balcony.
2. an arrangement of ornamental flower beds separated by walks.
[1630–40; < French, n. use of phrase par terre on the ground]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parterre - an ornamental flower garden; beds and paths are arranged to form a pattern
flower garden - a garden featuring flowering plants
2.parterre - seating at the rear of the main floor (beneath the balconies)
seating, seating area, seating room, seats - an area that includes places where several people can sit; "there is seating for 40 students in this classroom"
theater, theatre, house - a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full"
Translations
parterre de broderierez-de-chaussée

parterre

[pɑːˈteə] N (= garden) → parterre m

parterre

n (US) → Parterre nt
References in classic literature ?
Within those high walls, so forbidding in aspect, there lay charming gardens, gay with parterres of flowers, and shaded by noble trees, not only those belonging to the house itself, but those of other adjoining dwellings of the same character--one looked over park-like grounds covering some acres.
I noticed that the green plants kept nearer the top of the sea, whilst the red were at a greater depth, leaving to the black or brown the care of forming gardens and parterres in the remote beds of the ocean.
At the Victoria port he found a confused mass of ships of all nations: English, French, American, and Dutch, men-of-war and trading vessels, Japanese and Chinese junks, sempas, tankas, and flower-boats, which formed so many floating parterres.
There are no richer parterres to my eyes than the dense beds of dwarf andromeda
It was a July midnight; and from out A full-orbed moon, that, like thine own soul, soaring, Sought a precipitate pathway up through heaven, There fell a silvery-silken veil of light, With quietude, and sultriness, and slumber, Upon the upturned faces of a thousand Roses that grew in an enchanted garden, Where no wind dared to stir, unless on tiptoe -- Fell on the upturn'd faces of these roses That gave out, in return for the love-light, Their odorous souls in an ecstatic death -- Fell on the upturn'd faces of these roses That smiled and died in this parterre, enchanted By thee, and by the poetry of thy presence.
The "pigeon house" stood behind a locked gate, and a shallow parterre that had been somewhat neglected.
It was a long, not very broad strip of cultured ground, with an alley bordered by enormous old fruit trees down the middle; there was a sort of lawn, a parterre of rose-trees, some flower-borders, and, on the far side, a thickly planted copse of lilacs, laburnums, and acacias.
Athos went towards the house; but he had hardly reached the parterre, when the entrance gate appeared in a blaze; all the flambeaux stopped and appeared to enflame the road.
We then removed to another at the middle of the mountain, situated in a kind of natural parterre, or garden; the soil was fruitful, and the trees that shaded it from the scorching heat of the sun gave it an agreeable and refreshing coolness.
The casket was soon open before them, and the various jewels spread out, making a bright parterre on the table.
Reed to buy of his young lady all the products of her parterre she wished to sell: and Eliza would have sold the hair off her head if she could have made a handsome profit thereby.
Upon reaching their stalls, they found the whole of the audience in the parterre standing up and directing their gaze towards the box formerly possessed by the Russian ambassador.