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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

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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 Voices of Liberty, the a capella group that typically performs inside the rotunda of the American Adventure pavilion, will sing holiday carols outdoors in the America Gardens Theatre. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "Disney World's Christmas Season Will Look Very Different This Year," 11 Sep. 2020 Luminaries will be arranged inside the pavilion along with a table set for one with a glass turned upside down, to symbolize service members who cannot be with their families. Megan Woodward,, "Hampstead American Legion to host luminary display to honor lives lost in 9/11; events planned for Mount Airy, Westminster," 9 Sep. 2020 There are Plexiglas dividers between booths, condiments in single-use paper packaging and 10 extra patio tables at the nearby pavilion and Pompano Pier. Phillip Valys,, "Let’s Eat Safely, South Florida: Which Broward, Palm Beach restaurants do COVID-19 dining right?," 5 Sep. 2020 The plan is to continue hosting live concerts at the pavilion every Friday and Saturday until Oct. 18, Teykl said. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Socially distanced concerts come to Arlington at the Levitt Pavilion," 4 Sep. 2020 According to the criminal complaint: On Aug. 19, two children, whose ages were not identified, were waiting on a park bench for their parents to pick them up while Herman was nearby at the pavilion. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A man has been charged with exposing and touching himself in front of children at Oconomowoc's Bender Beach," 3 Sep. 2020 Another nontraditional musical staging is happening at America Gardens Theater, which is now home to Mariachi Cobre (usually stationed at Mexico pavilion) and the Jammitors, who wander through Future World. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney: More food (and Figment) on the table at Epcot’s latest fest," 1 Sep. 2020 Autumn Fest is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Central Park pavilion, the same location at which park district concerts are hosted. Chuck Fieldman,, "Park District’s Autumn Fest will include social distancing," 20 Aug. 2020 The 82,000-square-foot pavilion is attached to the existing patient tower by a concourse and contains 14 state-of-the-art surgical suites that will be open to patients Aug. 24. Meredith Cohn,, "MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center opens new surgical pavilion," 18 Aug. 2020

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

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18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pavilion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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


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


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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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