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  1. a view or prospect, especially one seen through a long, narrow avenue or passage, as between rows of trees or houses.
  2. such an avenue or passage, especially when formally planned.
  3. a far-reaching mental view: vistas of the future.

Origin of vista

1650–60; < Italian: a view, noun use of feminine of visto (past participle of vedere to see < Latin vidēre)
Related formsvis·ta·less, adjective


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1. See view. 3. prospect, outlook, vision.


  1. a town in SW California.


  1. a national program in the U.S., sponsored by ACTION, for sending volunteers into poor areas to teach various job skills.

Origin of VISTA

V(olunteers) i(n) S(ervice) t(o) A(merica)
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  1. a view, esp through a long narrow avenue of trees, buildings, etc, or such a passage or avenue itself; prospecta vista of arches
  2. a comprehensive mental view of a distant time or a lengthy series of eventsthe vista of the future
Derived Formsvistaed, adjectivevistaless, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Italian: a view, from vedere to see, from Latin vidēre


n acronym for (in the US)
  1. Volunteers in Service to America; an organization of volunteers established by the Federal government to assist the poor
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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).

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