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

Children huddled in face painting groups and volunteers prepared food under the pavilion. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action calls for gun safety at Wear Orange event," 8 June 2019 Outside the yoga pavilion, a half-dozen vacationers grabbed mats and laid them on the dewy grass, the view like a postcard. Sarah Z. Wexler, Marie Claire, "Can Love for Yoga Be Learned?," 7 June 2019 The May 16 fire destroyed the pavilion’s Lola on the Lake restaurant concession. USA TODAY, "Ladybug storm, a riot going on, sweaty Sparty: News from around our 50 states," 6 June 2019 But surveillance cameras showed a man and a woman near the pavilion. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Charges: Minneapolis man accidentally burned down park pavilion with discarded hookah coals," 5 June 2019 Here, the pavilions are built of 6-foot-long, one-foot-thick cast-concrete blocks set with 30-foot panels of clear glass framed in stainless steel. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Best Architecture of 2018: Building for Complex Experiences," 14 Dec. 2018 To construct the pavilion, the researchers arranged a series of yellow inflatable balls and used robots to dump the interlocking plastic pieces on top. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Robots built this wild plastic pavilion," 28 Sep. 2018 The liquor license for the Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion was mistakenly placed on the Porter County Alcoholic Beverage Commission agenda for its meeting Thursday, officials said. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Official: Dunes liquor permit on meeting agenda in error," 11 July 2018 The livestock show is now held in the pavilion named after Robinson. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy FFA parade pays tribute to founders," 6 Feb. 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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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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