vis·​ta | \ˈvi-stə \

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)



Definition of VISTA (Entry 2 of 3)

Volunteers in Service to America


geographical name
Vis·​ta | \ˈvis-tə \

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


a gorgeous vista of the mountains from the front window

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Grand Canyon, Arizona This natural landmark is a must-see, and not just because the stunning vistas will look amazing on your Insta. The Editors, Seventeen, "The Best Road Trips to Take With Your Besties," 27 Aug. 2018 Blue Ridge Parkway vista clearing with Arborist Incident Response Team Imagine not getting a haircut for 80 years. Karen Chávez, USA TODAY, "Blue Ridge Parkway views get major restoration with 'Renew the Views' project," 15 Apr. 2018 Want to see Grand Canyon vistas rarely accessed by the public? Done. Sunset, "National Parks Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before," 22 Jan. 2018 In each 18-passenger coaster train, riders zip around and above Toy Story Land, catching great vistas of all the new land has to offer. Shelley Caran, ajc, "Everything you need to know about Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios," 29 June 2018 From one angle, the vista looks rosy: The median price of U.S. vacation homes rose 4.2% in 2016, to $200,000, their highest level since 2006, according to the National Association of Realtors. Chris Taylor, Fortune, "Why Your Summer House Could Be a Shaky Investment," 29 May 2018 Stagecoach Trail, Scales Mound Road and Blackjack Road lead to wineries, vistas, farms. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beyond Chicago: 5 other Illinois cities to visit during this bicentennial year," 13 Apr. 2018 Photo: Rodrigo Cardoso for The Wall Street Journal The simple shape belies a complex array of soaring spaces, interior vistas and secluded bedrooms, accented with quirky details, like cars visible from the dining room. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "Where Luxury Meets a Prefab Home," 27 June 2018 The slide has hindered visitors and hurt businesses on the major tourism route among classic California coastal vistas and landmarks between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Fox News, "California eyes fall reopening of Highway 1 near Big Sur," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of vista


1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vista


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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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


vis·​ta | \ˈvi-stə \

Kids Definition of vista

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

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