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

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 Soon these will give way to starker vistas of tenuous grassland and hogback mesa. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 Humanity’s cradle and its future among the stars share the vista. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA says it’s building a gateway to the Moon—critics say it’s just a gate," 6 Sep. 2018 After removing a fence that was installed in 2010, Village Manager Phil Kiraly tweeted out pictures of a June 7 dedication ceremony formally opening the vista at South Avenue. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe opens new Lake Michigan overlook," 12 June 2018 During our first drive in the 2019 Blazer, through the rugged passes and beach vistas of San Diego, the thinking began to shine through. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019

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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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