Definition of parterre noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    parterre

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//pɑːˈteə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈter//
     
    (from French)
     
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  1. 1a flat area in a garden, with plants arranged in a formal design
  2. 2(especially North American English) the lower level in a theatre where the audience sits, especially the area underneath the balcony
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French, from par terre ‘on the ground’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: parterre