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Dictionary Definition

parget n : plaster used to coat outer walls and line chimneys [syn: pargeting, pargetting] v : apply ornamental plaster to

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  1. Gypsum or plaster stone.
  2. Plaster, as for lining the interior of flues, or for stuccowork.
    • 1952: The surface of the parget might be finished either smooth, with a coat of whitewash, or as rough-cast with sand or small stones. — L.F. Salzman, Building in England, p. 191.
  3. Paint, especially for the face. [Obs.]


parget (pargeted or pargetted, pargeting or pargetting)
  1. To coat with parget; to plaster, as walls, or the interior of flues; as, to parget the outside of their houses.
    • 1952: 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. — L.F. Salzman, Building in England, p. 191.
  2. To paint; to cover over. [Obs.]

Extensive Definition

Pargeting (or sometimes pargetting) is a decorative plastering applied to building walls.
Pargeting derives from the word 'parget', a Middle English term that is probably derived from the Old French 'pargeter' / 'parjeter', to throw about, or 'porgeter', to roughcast a wall. (Source: Webster.) However, the term is more usually applied only to the decoration in relief of the plastering between the studwork on the outside of half-timber houses, or sometimes covering the whole wall. The devices were stamped on the wet plaster. This seems generally to have been done by sticking a number of pins in a board in certain lines or curves, and then pressing on the wet plaster in various directions, so as to form geometrical figures. Sometimes these devices are in relief, and in the time of Elizabeth I of England represent figures, birds and foliages. Fine examples can be seen at Ipswich, Maidstone, Newark-on-Trent.
The term is also applied to the lining of the inside of smoke flues to form an even surface for the passage of the smoke.

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