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pavilion

Syllabification: pa·vil·ion
Pronunciation: /pəˈvilyən
 
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Definition of pavilion in English:

noun

1A building or similar structure used for a specific purpose, in particular.
Example sentences
  • My driver paused at Twin Dragon Bridge, a striking seventeen-arch structure with pavilions built in the 1700s.
  • It will involve making the pavilions structurally sound as well as putting up two new glass structures, effectively creating one big building.
  • Above ground will be five irregularly shaped glass-covered structures called lenses or pavilions.
1.1A summerhouse or other decorative building used as a shelter in a park or large garden.
Example sentences
  • On the lower roof are a glass pavilion and roof garden.
  • But before I succumb to more frivolous imaginings, we should perhaps ask if the metaphor of the pavilion in the garden is relevant here.
  • The pavilions and courtyards are dramatically arranged on a pair of rocky hills overlooking the Indian Ocean.
1.2In the names of buildings used for theatrical or other entertainments: the second concert at the White Rock Pavilion
More example sentences
  • They play the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth on Monday.
  • The Pavilion was opened in 1935 and took its name from Earl De La Warr, who was the local mayor at the time.
  • The Lifestyles Pavilion will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM, Saturday, March 22 through Monday, March 24.
1.3A detached or semidetached block at a hospital or other building complex.
Example sentences
  • Phase one upgrades for the center include a new 4,600-square-foot pond center complex with a pavilion for class orientation.
  • Treatment rooms for massage and mud baths run around the east edge of the complex and the new pavilion at the southeast corner houses the doctors and their consulting rooms.
  • Demolition work will start at the end of the month and officials hope the pavilion will be completed by the Autumn.
1.4A large tent with a peak and crenellated decorations, used especially at a show or fair.
Example sentences
  • The 1939 fair had pavilions from nations across the globe; there are two countries represented in the cards: Sudan and the Vatican.
  • Few visitors to the Russian pavilions at world's fairs, however, appreciated the serious nature the Russian revival held for Russians.
  • Then came the German pavilions at world fairs - in New York, in Chicago, in Buenos Aires, in Helsinki.
1.5A temporary building, stand, or other structure in which items are displayed by a dealer or exhibitor at a trade exhibition.
Example sentences
  • But, with a month to go and many of the temporary stands, pavilions and marquees needed to accommodate the 60,000 visitors a day still to be erected, is he at all nervous?
  • Other ideas could, with luck, be tried out on temporary exhibition pavilions.
  • Is it sufficient, as the submission suggests, to provide for conversion as a temporary pavilion or exhibition space?
2A usually highly decorated projecting subdivision of a building.
3The part of a cut gemstone below the girdle.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a large decorated tent): from Old French pavillon, from Latin papilio(n-) 'butterfly; tent'.

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