Pavilion Definition

pə-vĭlyən
pavilions
noun
pavilions
A large tent, usually with a peaked top.
Webster's New World
A building or part of a building, often partly open and highly ornamented, used for entertainment, exhibits, etc., as at a fair or park.
Webster's New World
A decorative shelter or summerhouse.
Webster's New World
A usually temporary structure erected at a fair or show for use by an exhibitor.
The French pavilion at the World's Fair.
American Heritage
A large structure housing sports or entertainment facilities; an arena.
American Heritage
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verb
pavilions
To furnish with or shelter in or as in a pavilion.
Webster's New World
To put in or as if in a pavilion.
American Heritage
(figuratively) To enclose or surround (after Robert Grant's hymn line "pavilioned in splendour")
Wiktionary

Origin of Pavilion

  • From Middle English pavilloun, from Anglo-Norman pavilloun, from Latin pāpiliōnem, form of pāpiliō (“butterfly, moth") (due to resemblance of tent to a butterfly's wings), of unknown origin.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English pavilon from Old French pavillon from Latin pāpiliō pāpiliōn- butterfly, tent pāl- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Cognate to French pavillon (“pavilion") and papillon (“butterfly"), and similar terms in other Romance languages.

    From Wiktionary

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