Definition of pavilion in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈvɪljən/


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.
1.1British A building at a cricket ground or other sports ground, used for changing and taking refreshments.
Example sentences
  • As a moth to a flame, the graffiti offenders appear to be drawn to the building used as a cricket pavilion, close by the entrance to the Tattenham Way Recreation Ground.
  • The area is known as a hangout for youngsters and over the years the club has been burgled and the cricket pavilion and allotment sheds nearby have been torched.
  • The cricket pavilion at Bradford and Bingley, severely damaged by fire last April, is to be rebuilt.
1.2A summer house 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.
1.3Used in the names of buildings used for theatrical or other entertainments: the resort’s Spa Pavilion
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  • 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.
1.4A detached or semi-detached block at a hospital or other building complex: the form of alternating pavilions also allows the site to be developed in depth
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  • 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.
1.5A large tent with a peak and crenellated decorations, used 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.
1.6A temporary building, stand, or other structure in which items are displayed at a trade exhibition: they designed the British pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010
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  • 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?


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

Words that rhyme with pavilion

Abbevillian, Azilian, Brazilian, caecilian, Castilian, Chilean, Churchillian, civilian, cotillion, crocodilian, epyllion, Gillian, Lilian, Maximilian, Pamphylian, postilion, Quintilian, reptilian, Sicilian, Tamilian, vaudevillian, vermilion, Virgilian

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