pavilion

noun
pa·​vil·​ion | \ pə-ˈvil-yən \

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

Between them, a rebar shell recalls the drill shed felled by a tornado that now holds an outdoor pavilion with a skating rink in the winter. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 The Connecticut delegation will share space at a state Department of Economic and Community Development pavilion. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Connecticut Manufacturers Join State At UK Aerospace Trade Show," 14 July 2018 America Thru Song STAFFORD SPRINGS — The Stafford Seniors Travel Club presents America Thru Song featuring Jimmy Mazz at the Summit View pavilion on Tuesday, July 24. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 10 July 2018 Outside, the roughly half-acre site features formal gardens, a swimming pool and a pavilion with a fireplace. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "'West Wing' star Rob Lowe seeks $47 million for empty nest in Montecito," 30 June 2018 Privacy - Terms At 7 p.m., Arlington Backyard, an outdoor event pavilion with a capacity of 5,000 for hosting cultural activities, art shows, regional and national concerts and other events, will open to the public. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Texas Live! makes opening date official, plans four-day party," 21 June 2018 Myers Construction was awarded a $4,196,000 contract earlier this year to renovate and enlarge the stage, change the grade of the green and build a pavilion with a meeting room and bathrooms. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers could pay $184,000 to speed finish of amphitheater project," 11 June 2018 Growth Physician Partners of America is building a medical pavilion in Orlando with a 9,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center and more than 4,600 square feet of medical offices. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida Breast Cancer Foundation opens first regional office in Orlando," 4 June 2018 Claeys said the astronomical association hosts a public stargazing event at the Riverwalk pavilion one Thursday night a month starting at dusk from about March to October. Diane Moca, Naperville Sun, "Local astronomy club brings impressive sights to Naperville Riverwalk," 30 May 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

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

pavilion

noun
pa·​vil·​ion | \ pə-ˈvil-yən \

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 \

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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