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 | \ ˈvi-stə \

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

Continue on the path past medieval ruins to the lookout of the same name (Mirador Las Puertas del Cielo) for a stunning seaside vista over Ses Margalides island. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 That's because some of the most scenic vistas and popular getaways still are covered in snow. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Now is the time for early-season deals on Alaska tours and lodges," 5 May 2018 Before us, the expansive vista of Colorado's San Juans’ spiny ridges and sharp peaks were blanketed in 19 inches of fresh snowfall. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town," 5 Dec. 2018 Some of the shots are as simple as a close-up of the artist’s interwoven fingers which, while perfectly clear, suggests the body’s endless possible vistas of complication. New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 27 June 2018 Curtis Craig’s sound design, evoking the hum and clatter of the factory floor, and Jeromy Hopgood’s video projections of the surrounding city, vistas of both ruin and regeneration, summon up the larger worlds in which these men and women move. Julia M. Klein,, "'Skeleton Crew' at People's Light: Human relations in the workplace during the great recession," 18 June 2018 Anguilla Breezes at The Reef by CuisinArt dishes up high-definition vistas of the Caribbean Sea and the mountains of St. Martin across the pond. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Where to eat on the beach in the Caribbean," 8 June 2018 Years of dust cover the vista of train tracks, railroad stations, village stores and tiny figures peopling the miniature landscape. Kathy Routliffe,, "Miniature railroad world in Frazier Thomas' former Wilmette basement in need of a new home," 14 May 2018 The route on Antarctica, six laps around a four-mile loop at a Russian research station called Novolazarevskaya, featured endless vistas of blue ice all around — like Caribbean waters, only frozen. Amy Gardner, Washington Post, "7 marathons, 7 days, 7 continents and one man with Parkinson’s. Can he make it?," 11 Feb. 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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