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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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 The final trudge to the crest pays off with sweeping 360-degree vistas that incorporate urban centers, farmlands and sprawling bedroom communities. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Get big views of downtown Phoenix on this less-used South Mountain hiking trail," 13 Nov. 2019 Modi says an end to an anti-India insurgency would boost tourism in Kashmir, known for its stunning mountain vistas, and encourage outside investment that would improve its economy. Washington Post, "No Kashmiri flag, constitution under Indian-imposed changes," 1 Nov. 2019 Though the characters and storylines in the games couldn’t be more different, both titles revel in slow trips through wide-open empty spaces filled with beautiful vistas. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Death Stranding is Kojima unleashed, and it’s as weird as you’d expect," 1 Nov. 2019 Mountains, waterfalls, and vistas take on their true size. Outside Online, "The Easy Way to Take Better Photos Outside," 5 Nov. 2019 On a recent tour, there were green mountain vistas just below the clouds and a stillness broken only by the soft patter of rain on leaves. Washington Post, "At Fortitude Ranch, the cabin is for vacationing. The shelters are for surviving.," 9 Oct. 2019 Stunning rivers, serpentine trails and awe-inspiring vistas. oregonlive, "Introducing Peak Northwest, The Oregonian’s newest travel video series," 25 Sep. 2019 This is actually my idea of beauty: This city has trained me to find this vista singularly beautiful. David Canfield,, "Leslie Jamison talks life, love, and the beauty of earnestness," 19 Sep. 2019 Happily, there’s a way to see dramatic vistas without a hike that feels like a cardiac stress test: Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, a seven-mile blacktop road that leads cars and cyclists through the wooded hills and towering dunes. Lucinda Hahn, New York Times, "Sahara-Level Sand Dunes, Mediterranean-Blue Water: Welcome to Michigan," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Vista.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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