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


a gorgeous vista of the mountains from the front window

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mississippi River Boulevard, another bastion of egregious property taxes, is an embarrassment to its vista. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: There’s a price for all this big thinking," 31 Aug. 2019 Four days after the Woolsey Fire ignited last November, the air outside our house in Mount Washington, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, was as beige as a dirty hotel sheet, blocking out our vista of the San Gabriel mountains. Margaret Wappler, Orange County Register, "First Person: Finding solace and security amid the beauty of Laguna Beach," 27 July 2019 Parker, perhaps encouraged by his vista, has created a menu that creatively touches on foods and flavors from Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Egypt and Turkey. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Strato 550 is a walk in the clouds," 24 June 2019 The purchase will bring the total acreage of the preserve, with its panoramic vistas and more than four miles of trails, to just over 3,600 acres. J. Harry Jones, San Diego Union-Tribune, "County expands Ramona Grasslands Preserve with purchase," 6 June 2019 What exactly is Starlink, what are its potential impacts, and is there a way to prevent it and similar projects from contaminating our celestial vistas? Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Will Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites harm astronomy? Here’s what we know.," 29 May 2019 Now, two more developers are preparing to offer their own vistas. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Breathtaking Views Atop Manhattan Skyscrapers Are Big Business," 25 Sep. 2018 Let’s make this kind of new, waterfront community that really connected the vista of both the city and the water. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "American Copper by SHoP Architects is Making Kips Bay a Thing," 9 Aug. 2019 The view from the top of the Journeyman Hotel at the corner of North Broadway and Chicago Street offers bird's-eye vistas of 100-year-old brick warehouses and factories in Milwaukee's Third Ward. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For staycations or visiting friends, the Journeyman Hotel is an urban retreat in the Third Ward," 8 June 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 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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