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Definition of pavilion

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1a : a large often sumptuous tent the white pavilions of the Turkish irregular cavalry— A. H. Layard
b : something resembling a canopy or tent tree ferns spread their delicate pavilions— Blanche E. Baughan
2a : a part of a building projecting from the rest … rang the bell of the little pavilion— Gertrude Stein
b : one of several detached or semidetached units into which a building is sometimes divided
3a : a usually open sometimes ornamental structure in a garden, park, or place of recreation that is used for entertainment or shelter a dance pavilion a band pavilion
b : a temporary structure erected at an exposition by an individual exhibitor visited the Chinese pavilion at the international exposition
4 : the lower faceted part of a brilliant below the girdle (see girdle entry 1 sense 2) — see brilliant illustration


pavilioned; pavilioning; pavilions

Definition of pavilion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to furnish or cover with or put in a pavilion

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Synonyms for pavilion

Synonyms: Noun

alcove, belvedere, casino, gazebo, kiosk, summerhouse

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Examples of pavilion in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Out-of-state visitor fees brought in another $1 million, camping revenue amount to about $2 million during the 2018 season and another $500,000 came in from building and pavilion rentals. Gregory B. Hladky,, "New “passport to the parks” bringing lots more visitors to state parks," 31 Aug. 2019 This 95-acre park near Soquel High School offers a modern playground, pavilion-style picnicking areas, multiple athletic fields and some whimsical — make that spherical — public art. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "12 coolest Bay Area things you didn’t know you could do," 29 July 2019 The layout of an outdoor pavilion area is meant to symbolize a flowing river, for example, and the security gates were designed to look like the traditional Ocotillo fences that are common within the tribe. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "'If I die tonight, I'll be dying happy': Gila River Indian Community celebrates first new school on reservation in a century," 27 July 2019 Burroughs High School junior Kayla Wrobel describes the details of her pavilion design at Woodbury University’s seventh annual High School Design Lab Final Reviews in the School of Architecture at Woodbury University on Friday. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "Woodbury Architecture offers high school students, including a Burroughs’ trio, a taste of the profession," 26 July 2019 Celebration of life will be at Tradewinds Park 8/4 @ 2 pm north side Clydesdale pavilion., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/26," 26 July 2019 In the left field pavilion area, there are two sets of cornhole boards and bags open for use. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "So you're checking out a Milwaukee Milkmen game in Franklin. Here's what you can expect.," 25 June 2019 Called Hale Nanea, the hillside pavilion house was designed by famous contemporary architecture firm Olson Kundig. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modern Hawaii home takes indoor-outdoor living to airy heights for $6.9M," 1 Nov. 2018 Michelle wine pavilion has been expanded and moved to a deck in front of the clubhouse overlooking the 18th green. Craig Smith, The Seattle Times, "Tom Kite brings pleasant memories to Boeing Classic," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of pavilion


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pavilion


Middle English pavilloun, pavillioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin papilion-, papilio butterfly; perhaps akin to Old High German fīfaltra butterfly

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English Language Learners Definition of pavilion

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


pa·​vil·​ion | \ pə-ˈvil-yən How to pronounce pavilion (audio) \

Kids Definition of pavilion

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


pa·​vil·​ion | \ pə-ˈvil-yən How to pronounce pavilion (audio) \

Medical Definition of pavilion

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

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