vista

noun
vis·​ta | \ ˈvi-stə How to pronounce vista (audio) \

Definition of vista

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a distant view through or along an avenue or opening : prospect
2 : an extensive mental view (as over a stretch of time or a series of events)

VISTA

abbreviation

Definition of VISTA (Entry 2 of 3)

Volunteers in Service to America

Vista

geographical name
Vis·​ta | \ ˈvi-stə How to pronounce Vista (audio) \

Definition of Vista (Entry 3 of 3)

city in southwestern California north of San Diego population 93,834

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Vista is generally used today for broad sweeping views of the kind you might see from a mountaintop. But the word originally meant an avenue-like view, narrowed by a line of trees on either side. And vista has also long been used (like view and outlook) to mean a mental scan of the future—as if you were riding down a long grand avenue and what you could see a mile or so ahead of you was where you'd be in the very near future.

Examples of vista in a Sentence

Noun

a gorgeous vista of the mountains from the front window

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That's further burnished by Zac Nicholson's award-worthy cinematography, which combines sweeping vistas with lovely shot compositions -- highlighted by imaginative camera angles -- and gorgeous light design. Mike Scott, nola.com, "‘All Is True’ movie review: The year’s first real Oscar threat?," 7 June 2019 The experience left him with an enduring affection for desert lights and shadows and long rocky vistas. Tina Daunt, latimes.com, "9 things you should know about the Bob Hope house in Palm Springs — and its restoration," 6 June 2019 The vista point becomes lively at night, serving up cocktails and barbecue to live music and on Sundays hosting a not-to-miss extravaganza. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "Coco Shop's Debut Collection Is the Only Thing You'll Need for Your Next Vacation," 9 Apr. 2019 Turn right and go 7.1 miles to the vista point on the left just past mile marker 405. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Wildlife abounds on the South Fork Trail," 19 June 2018 The town has the best of both worlds: expansive vistas and landscapes, but also enough civilization for plenty of dining and shopping options. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "5 Luxury Destinations for a Mother-Daughter Trip," 9 May 2019 From giant vistas to expressive faces, AC:O does a lot with whatever pixels your screen has to offer. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Google’s Project Stream: That’s really a full Assassin’s Creed in my browser," 9 Oct. 2018 Take your time and enjoy miles of rolling single tracks and stunning vistas. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 2018 Mogollon Rim scenic drive Forest Road 300 meanders nearly 45 miles atop the Mogollon Rim between State Route 87 and Woods Canyon Lake, providing vistas that range from nice to gorgeous to stunning. azcentral, "From climate to fry bread, 125 reasons to love Arizona," 15 May 2015

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First Known Use of vista

Noun

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vista

Noun

Italian, sight, from visto, past participle of vedere to see, from Latin vidēre — more at wit

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The first known use of vista was in 1644

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vista

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vista

: a large and beautiful view of an area of land or water
: a large number of things that may be possible in the future

vista

noun
vis·​ta | \ ˈvi-stə How to pronounce vista (audio) \

Kids Definition of vista

: a large and scenic view in the distance a breathtaking mountain vista

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