noun pa·vil·ion \pə-ˈvil-yən\

: a building in a park or garden that usually has open sides and is used for parties, concerts, or other events

: a temporary building that is used at public events and exhibitions

: a large building that is used for sports or public events

Full Definition of PAVILION

a :  a large often sumptuous tent
b :  something resembling a canopy or tent <tree ferns spread their delicate pavilions — Blanche E. Baughan>
a :  a part of a building projecting from the rest
b :  one of several detached or semidetached units into which a building is sometimes divided
a :  a usually open sometimes ornamental structure in a garden, park, or place of recreation that is used for entertainment or shelter
b :  a temporary structure erected at an exposition by an individual exhibitor
:  the lower faceted part of a brilliant below the girdle — see brilliant illustration

Examples of PAVILION

  1. The World's Fair had numerous pavilions.
  2. <the park's pavilions may be rented for wedding receptions and other social gatherings>

Origin of PAVILION

Middle English pavilloun, pavillioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin papilion-, papilio butterfly; perhaps akin to Old High German fīfaltra butterfly
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to PAVILION

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth



Definition of PAVILION

transitive verb
:  to furnish or cover with or put in a pavilion

First Known Use of PAVILION

14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth
PAVILION Defined for Kids


noun pa·vil·ion \pə-ˈvil-yən\

Definition of PAVILION for Kids

:  a very large tent
:  a building usually with open sides that is used as a place for entertainment or shelter in a park or garden
Medical Dictionary


noun pa·vil·ion \pə-ˈvil-yən\

Medical Definition of PAVILION

:  pinna
:  a detached or semidetached part of a hospital devoted to a special use <a maternity pavilion> <a nuclear medicine pavilion>


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