Last edited 12 Feb 2021


There are two definitions of parterre.

As a gardening term, the parterre is a level space, usually adjacent to the main house, that is designed in low, formal beds of flowers that have been arranged in patterns. The beds are often divided by connecting pathways.

In the theatre, the parterre is the part of the auditorium on the ground floor that is located behind the orchestra and is level with the stage. It was historically associated with the lower classes of theatregoers. It is believed that this area takes its name from the gardening term.

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