pa·​vil·​ion | \ pə-ˈvil-yən How to pronounce pavilion (audio) \

Definition of pavilion

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1a : a large often sumptuous tent the white pavilions of the Turkish irregular cavalry— A. H. Layard
b : something resembling a canopy or tent tree ferns spread their delicate pavilions— Blanche E. Baughan
2a : a part of a building projecting from the rest … rang the bell of the little pavilion— Gertrude Stein
b : one of several detached or semidetached units into which a building is sometimes divided
3a : a usually open sometimes ornamental structure in a garden, park, or place of recreation that is used for entertainment or shelter a dance pavilion a band pavilion
b : a temporary structure erected at an exposition by an individual exhibitor visited the Chinese pavilion at the international exposition
4 : the lower faceted part of a brilliant below the girdle (see girdle entry 1 sense 2) — see brilliant illustration


pavilioned; pavilioning; pavilions

Definition of pavilion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to furnish or cover with or put in a pavilion

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Synonyms for pavilion

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of pavilion in a Sentence

Noun The World's Fair had numerous pavilions. the park's pavilions may be rented for wedding receptions and other social gatherings
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The conservation area would also make a nice venue for a picnic, with charcoal grills and a pavilion available. Patrick Connolly,, 17 Sep. 2021 Saddlehorn residents have the use of a waterfront member's lounge, a separate boat house, a three-season pavilion overlooking the lake, a clubhouse, a swimming pool and more than five miles of walking trails. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The center should exist as a thing apart, a pavilion in a parklike setting. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 There is a beautiful park with a butterfly house, botanical garden, the Haga Castle, and a Chinese pavilion. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 Adding a community pavilion to provide ample space for farming projects and community events. Steven Litt, cleveland, 29 Aug. 2021 Outside there’s a pavilion with an infinity pool and an al fresco kitchen for entertaining. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2021 With an investment of $4.5 million, Phase III of Oquirrh Park is complete and now offers a playground, more walking trails and paths for rides and scooters and a pavilion. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 July 2021 There's truly something for everyone at Baha Bay, from kids' areas designed for younger guests to thrilling water slides for teens and a casino gaming pavilion for adults. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of pavilion


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pavilion


Middle English pavilloun, pavillioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin papilion-, papilio butterfly; perhaps akin to Old High German fīfaltra butterfly

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The first known use of pavilion was in the 13th century

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19 Sep 2021

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“Pavilion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pavilion

: a building in a park or garden that usually has open sides and is used for parties, concerts, or other events
: a temporary building that is used at public events and exhibitions
: a large building that is used for sports or public events


pa·​vil·​ion | \ pə-ˈvil-yən How to pronounce pavilion (audio) \

Kids Definition of pavilion

1 : a very large tent
2 : a building usually with open sides that is used as a place for entertainment or shelter in a park or garden


pa·​vil·​ion | \ pə-ˈvil-yən How to pronounce pavilion (audio) \

Medical Definition of pavilion

1 : pinna
2 : a detached or semidetached part of a hospital devoted to a special use a maternity pavilion a nuclear medicine pavilion

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