vista

noun
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)

VISTA

abbreviation

Definition of VISTA (Entry 2 of 3)

Volunteers in Service to America

Vista

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

Come late September and early October, the vista-obscuring haze from wildfires near and far that can occasionally affect the region during the summer has (hopefully) lifted for the year. Justin Franz, The Know, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself," 1 Sep. 2019 The colors were muted, with many variations of green and gray, and Chung paid homage to the American west with a denim dress that seemed to conjure up open skies and endless vistas. Washington Post, "Model Naomi Campbell takes spotlight at London Fashion Week," 14 Sep. 2019 Earlier generations of offshore wind farms were doomed by public objections to blighted vistas. New York Times, "The Hamptons Love Green Energy. But That Wind Farm?," 14 Sep. 2019 In addition to the mild summer temperatures at this elevation, there were breathtaking vistas south over Anza-Borrego, east over the Salton Sea, and north to San Jacinto and Palm Springs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Sit-and-see adventure at Santa Rosa Mountains," 7 Sep. 2019 It’s hard to admire the city of Monterey’s historic landmarks and waterfront vistas when battling bumper-to-bumper traffic and hunting the elusive parking spot. Nick Rahaim, SFChronicle.com, "State’s first wireless electric bus rolls on central coast," 5 Sep. 2019 Come late September and early October, the vista-obscuring haze from wildfires near and far that can occasionally affect the region during the summer has (hopefully) lifted for the year. Justin Franz, The Know, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself," 1 Sep. 2019 Come late September and early October, the vista-obscuring haze from wildfires near and far that can occasionally affect the region during the summer has (hopefully) lifted for the year. Justin Franz, Houston Chronicle, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself in the fall," 30 Aug. 2019 The trailer also shows Tramp being taken away to a pound with Lady chasing behind the car where he's imprisoned; Tramp taking Lady to a hilltop vista; and a first look at the original film's famous pasta-kiss scene. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "First 'Lady and the Tramp' Remake Trailer Debuts," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of vista

Noun

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vista

Noun

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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vista

noun

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

vista

noun
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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