Definition of pavilion in English:


Line breaks: pa¦vil|ion
Pronunciation: /pəˈvɪljən


  • 1A building or similar structure used for a specific purpose, in particular:
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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'.

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