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From Middle English pargetten, from Old French pargeter, parjeter (to throw about), from par- (intensive prefix) (from Latin per-) + jeter (to throw) (from Latin iactō, frequentative of iaciō). The noun is derived from the verb.



parget (third-person singular simple present pargets, present participle pargeting or pargetting, simple past and past participle pargeted or pargetted)

  1. To coat with gypsum; to plaster, for example walls, or the interior of flues.
    • Sir T. Herbert
      to parget the outside of their houses.
    • Robert Louis Stevenson
      the pargeted ceiling with pendants
    • 1952, L.F. Salzman, Building in England, page 191:
      Closely allied to daubing was pargetting or rough-casting, the chief difference, so far as any real distinction was made in the technical use of the terms, being that in pargetting mortar or a coarse form of plaster was used instead of clay or loam.
  2. (obsolete) To paint; to cover over.



parget (countable and uncountable, plural pargets)

  1. Gypsum.
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.135:
      Blind parget cherubs watched from the high corners.
  2. Plaster, as for lining the interior of flues, or for stuccowork.
    • 1952, L.F. Salzman, Building in England, page 191:
      The surface of the parget might be finished either smooth, with a coat of whitewash, or as rough-cast with sand or small stones.
  3. (obsolete) Paint, especially for the face.