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 That destruction actually ended up benefiting today’s Louvre by opening a vista extending westward from I.M. Pei’s pyramidal entrance to the Louvre directly to the Arc de Triomphe. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "The Louvre: Palace as Palimpsest," 25 Sep. 2020 The opportunity to see how and where the nominees presented themselves — living room or scenic vista? Mike Hale, New York Times, "Emmy Show Reinvents Itself, but Keeps the Stale Parts," 20 Sep. 2020 However, one new trail in Russia is delivering not only an excellent vista but a little mystery and intrigue too. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "A New Hiking Trail in Russia Will Take You Where Cosmonauts Crash-landed After the First Space Walk," 19 Sep. 2020 Our destination is a 20-metre-high rockface halfway up Lookout Mountain, named after its vista of the city. The Economist, "The 1843 interview Climbing with Erik Weihenmayer," 16 Sep. 2020 Today, the couple sits in their new living room, where two massive doors provide a vista of the ocean. Mayra Cuevas, CNN, "Architect's innovative shipping container homes could help solve Puerto Rico's housing crisis," 14 Sep. 2020 Homes in Sky Ranch often sell for around a million dollars, the price point driven by its remoteness, beauty, and the vista of Carmel Valley, said Alex Heisinger, a Carmel broker. Kate Cimini, USA TODAY, "California residents didn't want controlled burns near their homes. Then a wildfire destroyed many of those homes.," 30 Aug. 2020 The good news about that is it’s kind of behind you, so the plant doesn’t impede the vista of Lake Michigan and another landmark lighthouse. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Indiana on Lake Michigan? A summer sand dunes adventure, close to Cleveland," 5 Aug. 2020 But soon, something far less charming could mar this pastoral vista: a 27-acre parking lot with hundreds — even thousands — of idling trucks. Stephen Castle,, "Near UK’s busiest port, Brexit hopes are layered in asphalt," 8 Aug. 2020

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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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8 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vista.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce Vista (audio)

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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