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vis·​ta ˈvi-stə How to pronounce vista (audio)
: a distant view through or along an avenue or opening : prospect
: an extensive mental view (as over a stretch of time or a series of events)


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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
Among the yacht’s many refit improvements is a new circular sunbed on the flybridge that rotates with the sun to deliver maximum tanning exposure, guest convenience, and a continuous stream of panoramic vistas. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 23 Feb. 2024 Both venues will have eclipse viewing areas — the garden’s view areas will be at north and south vistas, while the museum will have its viewing area on the front lawn where blankets and folding chairs are allowed. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 20 Feb. 2024 The Residences will feature 19 estate-sized homesites for prospective buyers wishing to build larger custom homes while also taking advantage of beautiful vistas. Reecenichols Real Estate, Kansas City Star, 18 Feb. 2024 The film is tapestry of misty vistas, pierced only by lantern-light as Ludvig battles the unforgiving earth in every condition, day and night, the planes of Mikkelsen’s distinctive face set against the sky. Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2024 Take in the panoramic vistas from the sauna or heated Jacuzzi, or get up close and personal via Zodiac. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 24 Jan. 2024 Tall trees and towering bamboo shoots that shade the deck both obscure and frame glimmering vistas over the ocean. James McClain, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2024 The many prettily outfitted terraces are perfect for this, all with their green tiles, lush plants and beguiling vistas over that medina. Ann Abel, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 The film is a tapestry of misty vistas pierced only by lantern light as Ludvig battles the unforgiving earth in every condition, day and night, the planes of Mikkelsen’s distinctive face set against the sky. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History



Italian, sight, from visto, past participle of vedere to see, from Latin vidēre — more at wit

First Known Use


1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vista was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Vista.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


vis·​ta ˈvis-tə How to pronounce vista (audio)
: a distant view through an opening or along an avenue : prospect
: a mental view over a long period of time

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Vis·​ta ˈvi-stə How to pronounce Vista (audio)
city in southwestern California north of San Diego population 93,834

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