belvedere


bel·ve·dere

noun \ˈbel-və-ˌdir\

Definition of BELVEDERE

:  a structure (as a cupola or a summerhouse) designed to command a view

Examples of BELVEDERE

  1. <a Greek revival belvedere stands majestically on a grassy knoll overlooking the river>

Origin of BELVEDERE

Italian, literally, beautiful view
First Known Use: 1593

Related to BELVEDERE

belvedere

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Roofed architectural structure, freestanding or attached, and open on one or more sides. It is built in an elevated position to provide a view and capture daylight and fresh air. Used in Italy since the Renaissance, it often assumes the form of a loggia. The term is often used for a gazebo on top of a building, especially the glazed viewing room of a Victorian dwelling.

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