pavilion

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

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

pavilion

verb
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

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

The massive oval pavilion, with its concrete columns and steel cables, was created as the Tent of Tomorrow for the 1964 World’s Fair. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 In mid-May, the club began constructing a stage for the new $1.1 million Okauchee Lions Park pavilion at N48 W34350 E. Wisconsin Ave. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc High School Construction Club builds stage for the new $1.1 million Okauchee Lions Park pavilion," 11 June 2018 Six years ago, the Center for the Arts opened in a soaring glass-and-steel pavilion, and a 525-seat theater was recently added for dance and musical performances. Vicky Lowry, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Jackson Hole," 6 July 2011 His pavilion in Toronto, meanwhile, will be open to the public until November. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Bjarke Ingels’s Serpentine Pavilion Is on a World Tour: First Stop, Toronto," 24 Sep. 2018 A year later, the city opened its new $3.3 million pavilion off South Disston Avenue at the eastern end of Wooton Park, overlooking Lake Dora. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tavares looks to add performing arts center to booming downtown," 15 June 2018 While many of the gate buildings for the elevated subway lines saw the light of day, only two of his ornate pavilions for the underground lines—in white marble festooned with green iron and gold—at Karlsplatz were realized. A. J. Goldmann, WSJ, "How Otto Wagner Made Vienna Modern," 12 June 2018 Concerts at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater: The venue hosts concerts in its 20,000-seat pavilion all summer. Donna M. Owens, baltimoresun.com, "Virginia Beach: Where to take the kids and what to check out this summer," 9 May 2018 The pavilion will not only provide a demonstration of how a hyperloop's pods may look and feel, VHO's head of marketing and communications Ryan Kelly stressed in an interview with Popular Mechanics. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Hyperloop Is Hurtling Toward the 2020 World's Fair," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of pavilion

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pavilion

Noun

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

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The first known use of pavilion was in the 13th century

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pavilion

noun

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

pavilion

noun
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

pavilion

noun
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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