[pahr-tair] /pɑrˈtɛər/

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.
an ornamental arrangement of flower beds of different shapes and sizes.
a formally patterned flower garden
(Brit & Irish) the pit in a theatre
(US) another name for parquet circle

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


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