vista

noun vis·ta \ ˈvi-stə \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of vista

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)

Examples of vista in a Sentence

  1. a gorgeous vista of the mountains from the front window

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of vista

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

vista Synonyms


VISTA

abbreviation

Definition of VISTA

Volunteers in Service to America

Did You Know?

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.


Vista

geographical name Vis·ta \ ˈvis-tə \

Definition of Vista

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

Did You Know?

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.


VISTA Defined for English Language Learners

vista

noun

Definition of vista for English Language Learners

  • : a large and beautiful view of an area of land or water

  • : a large number of things that may be possible in the future


VISTA Defined for Kids

vista

noun vis·ta \ ˈvi-stə \

Definition of vista for Students

: a large and scenic view in the distance
  • a breathtaking mountain vista


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