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

Definition of vista

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

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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 final image showed the glittering vista of the Carina Nebula – a stellar nursery – with brand-new stars that were previously completely hidden. Julia Musto, Fox News, 12 July 2022 The vista now is altered by the decades-long growth of trees sprouting on the perimeter of the grounds. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 14 June 2022 Mountains, trees and rivers were still present, but their shapes were only hinted at, rendered in gentle lines and indistinct forms as if a mist had descended over the vista. CNN, 12 June 2022 Bright yellow statues of corgis in line make up the vista at Bicester Village highlighting its partnership with the British Fashion Council. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Even the pollution-spewing smokestacks of the Craig coal plant — scheduled to close by 2030 — couldn’t fully diminish the sweeping vista. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 No matter what natural wonders are around you, a great vista calls for a great drink. Outside Online, 16 June 2022 The pair were both clad in camouflage and grinning in front of a mountain vista, hunting rifles slung over their shoulders. Elliott D. Woods, Outside Online, 28 Oct. 2020 The film, too, is a slow, gradual accretion of detail that builds to a spectacular vista across the ridges and troughs, the spires and valleys of a lifelong, life-defining friendship. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 18 May 2022 See More

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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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29 Jul 2022

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“Vista.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for vista


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

Vista geographical name

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

Definition of Vista

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

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