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)



Definition of VISTA (Entry 2 of 3)

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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 Outside, on Tenth Avenue, from Forty-second Street right up to Fifty-seventh, every seat in every outdoor dining shed seemed taken, an uninterrupted vista of bare faces feeding. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 The collapse occurred at a relatively high point on the cable car’s 20-minute ride, which starts lakeside and leads to a popular vista about 5,000 feet above sea level, an area that includes a ski resort and an amusement park. Washington Post, 23 May 2021 Design mastermind Lleonart had the nighttime vista in mind when choosing the condo’s wall treatments (matte Venetian plaster), paints, surfaces, furnishings and lighting. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, 16 May 2021 Only the next morning did Sir Anthony, with a bucolic vista behind him, post an Instagram video of thanks, and a few words on the late Boseman. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 The Mottarone peak is popular among tourists because of its panoramic views on Lake Maggiore and its picturesque islands as well as the vista of the surrounding Alps. NBC News, 23 May 2021 The Many Parks Curve Overlook, located at a hairpin turn on Trail Ridge Road, offers a panoramic vista of the Mummy Range as well as many of Colorado's most popular parks, including Horseshoe Park, Moraine Park, and parts of Estes Park. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 3 May 2021 The vista would remain recognizable to whoever first created the giant, and to all those who have climbed up to him in the centuries since. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 12 May 2021 The artist competes not only with the breathtaking vista of Central Park, framed by a forest of Manhattan luxury towers, but also with the aura of the treasure house downstairs. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Vista.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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