- a view or prospect, especially one seen through a long, narrow avenue or passage, as between rows of trees or houses.
- such an avenue or passage, especially when formally planned.
- a far-reaching mental view: vistas of the future.
Origin of vista
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- a town in SW California.
- a national program in the U.S., sponsored by ACTION, for sending volunteers into poor areas to teach various job skills.
Origin of VISTA
Examples from the Web for vista
At that demarcation between inside and out, the vista is most expansive.Geoff Dyer at Sea: Unmoored but on Target
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
May 21, 2014
Their vista of the snow-capped Andes suggests the Bavarian alps and the view from Berchtesgaden.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’
May 12, 2014
Others boast colorful tiles, captain windows to take in the vista, and fitted doors that give the appearance of a hobbit dwelling.New Mexico’s Amazing Man-Made Caves
December 12, 2013
However, a cold beer nestled in your backpack is the perfect treat when you finally make it to that vista or waterfall.Nine Amazing Places To Skinny Dip Around The World
September 21, 2013
Jay came to the state as a Vista volunteer in the early 1960s and stayed.Rockefeller's Retirement
January 11, 2013
I see the vista of my future, and—ah, little book, my eyes are dazzled!The Bacillus of Beauty
The flowers along the vista, brighter than the victor-wreaths at its close.
He had satisfactorily assimilated the spirit of the vista, and blended it with his own.The Market-Place
He straightened up and looked out over the vista of the desert.The Coyote
Here is a vista for imagination, here is scope for at least fifty years to come.Tales Of The Trains
Charles James Lever
- a view, esp through a long narrow avenue of trees, buildings, etc, or such a passage or avenue itself; prospecta vista of arches
- a comprehensive mental view of a distant time or a lengthy series of eventsthe vista of the future
- Volunteers in Service to America; an organization of volunteers established by the Federal government to assist the poor
Word Origin and History for vista
1640s, "a view or prospect," from Italian vista "sight, view," noun use of fem. past participle of vedere "see," from Latin videre "to see" (see vision).