Definition of pavilion
1a : a large often sumptuous tent the white pavilions of the Turkish irregular cavalry — A. H. Layardb : 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 Steinb : 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 pavilionb : a temporary structure erected at an exposition by an individual exhibitor visited the Chinese pavilion at the international exposition
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 of pavilion from the Web
Some of the pavilion’s remains are abandoned and crumbling.
Take a rowboat out from the lake’s northern shore; stroll through the Rose Garden; and snap a picture of the Palacio de Cristal, a stunning glass-and-cast-iron pavilion dating to 1887.
There are also go-karts, bumper cars, giant super slide, a Himalaya Viking Ride, laser maze, an Typhoon motor ride, outdoor picnic pavilion and arcade.
UAB's actual team can get some work under the pavilion soon.
Vendors take up the pavilion and adjacent Lafayette Street, which also features food trucks and additional wares.
Set up outside the winery, the pavilions are a new element at this year’s auction, a way to focus on food and wine pairing.
The new clubhouse will be part of an 80-acre area that will include picnic areas, shelters, a large pavilion, restrooms, playground, gardens, 3.75 miles of paved trails, tennis courts and ponds.
The 11th annual festival offers artwork from more than 200 artists, a dozen musical performers and interactive art activities for kids, plus street food and a new wine and beer pavilion at Liberty Station’s Ingram Plaza.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of pavilion
: to furnish or cover with or put in a pavilion
First Known Use of pavilion
PAVILION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pavilion for English Language Learners
: 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
PAVILION Defined for Kids
Definition of pavilion for Students
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
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