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Definition of pavilion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Synonyms for pavilion

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of pavilion in a Sentence

Noun 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 Guests will be able to enjoy their tasty treats under the station’s large, open pavilion. Baltimore Sun, 19 May 2022 Get pampered at Ithaafushi’s own overwater spa; lounge in five pools — one of which has the resort’s only swim-up bar; and glimpse the turquoise water from the island’s yoga pavilion, sauna, steam room and indoor gym. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 6 May 2022 An unmarked trail leads to a broad staircase, a pavilion, and the dens that housed bears until 1971. Pamela Wright,, 6 May 2022 Village President Steve Ward said upgrades to the riverside park, including the addition of a pavilion, stage and splash pad, were done in 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the village from using it for public events until last year. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2022 The property includes an outdoor kitchen with barbecue and smoker, a secret garden, a tennis pavilion, a guesthouse, an 11-car barn, avocado, fig, and apricot trees, and 12 acres of income-producing lemons; award-winning schools are nearby. The Week Staff, The Week, 17 Apr. 2022 Additionally, accessibility to the site has been made easier thanks to the park’s transit and visitor centers, and numerous food options, a pavilion, and campfire circle ensure there will never be a shortage of cozy alternatives. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 30 Mar. 2022 The outdoor areas include a pavilion equipped with an outdoor kitchen, and an infinity pool. Dan Heching,, 29 Mar. 2022 Its 126-acre park also includes 4.5 miles of trails, a picnic area, community pavilion, basketball court, sand volleyball court and amphitheater. Vicki Salemi, Chron, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Pavilion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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