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

That event takes place Friday, Sept. 20, in the aircraft pavilion at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. al, "Mobile’s art walk offers preview of ‘Throwdown’ battle," 12 Sep. 2019 The new cafe, which will be the most desirable new amenity if it is managed, as the center recently announced, by Erik Bruner-Yang and Eric Hilton, is in the pavilion farthest from the main building. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Does the Kennedy Center have a vision for its elegant but awkward new annex?," 30 Aug. 2019 Guests will be able to stroll down Cherry Tree Lane and visit the Banks residence as part of a Mary Poppins attraction in the park’s U.K. pavilion. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "All The Changes Coming to Disney Next Year, From the Avengers Campus to an Epcot Redesign," 27 Aug. 2019 One of the larger tenants in the Pratt Street pavilion, the apparel retailer will be the latest in a string of departures that have hurt the waterfront dining and shopping attraction. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Banana Republic closing store at troubled Harborplace," 2 Aug. 2019 There was little wiggle room for YouTubers to simply hang out in the pavilion. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "TikTok took over VidCon, and YouTube is next," 15 July 2019 The girl's government services identity card was found in a pavilion near the coast last Wednesday night. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Missing 9-year-old girl, whose disappearance gripped China, found dead," 15 July 2019 Out-of-state visitor fees brought in another $1 million, camping revenue amount to about $2 million during the 2018 season and another $500,000 came in from building and pavilion rentals. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "New “passport to the parks” bringing lots more visitors to state parks," 31 Aug. 2019 This 95-acre park near Soquel High School offers a modern playground, pavilion-style picnicking areas, multiple athletic fields and some whimsical — make that spherical — public art. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "12 coolest Bay Area things you didn’t know you could do," 29 July 2019

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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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