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belvedere

[bel-vi-deer, bel-vi-deer; for 3 also Italian bel-ve-de-re]
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noun
  1. a building, or architectural feature of a building, designed and situated to look out upon a pleasing scene.
  2. a cigar, shorter and with thinner ends than a corona.
  3. (initial capital letter) a palace in Vatican City, Rome, used as an art gallery.

Origin of belvedere

1590–1600; < Italian: fine view < Latin bellus fine + vidēre to see
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Examples from the Web for belvedere

Historical Examples

  • Alfonso d'Este (born 1476) had it carved on the mantelpiece of his study at Belvedere.

    The Book-Hunter at Home

    P. B. M. Allan

  • There was a belvedere, and if we had only brought our blankets!

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons

  • What is also common enough in that country, it was surmounted by a mirador, or “belvedere.”

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • The view from the belvedere was one of the most striking of its kind in the world.

    Pictures of Southern Life

    William Howard Russell

  • The view from the Belvedere was one of the most striking of its kind in the world.

    The Civil War in America

    William Howard Russell


British Dictionary definitions for belvedere

belvedere

noun
  1. a building, such as a summerhouse or roofed gallery, sited to command a fine viewSee also gazebo

Word Origin

C16: from Italian: beautiful sight
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Word Origin and History for belvedere

n.

"raised turret atop a house," 1590s, from Italian belvedere, literally "a fair sight," from bel, bello "beautiful" (from Latin bellus "beautiful, fair;" see bene-) + vedere "a view, sight" (see vista). Pronunciation perhaps influenced by the French form of the word. So called because it was used for viewing the grounds.

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