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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.

  1. a far-reaching mental view: vistas of the future.

Origin of vista

First recorded in 1650–60; from Italian: “a view,” noun use of feminine of visto (past participle of vedere “to see,” from Latin vidēre)

synonym study For vista

1. See view.

Other words for vista

Other words from vista

  • vis·ta·less, adjective

Words Nearby vista

Other definitions for Vista (2 of 3)

[ vis-tuh ]

  1. a town in SW California.

Other definitions for VISTA (3 of 3)

[ vis-tuh ]

  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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vista in a sentence

  • But the death of the Queen, reported early in October 1290, again opened up a vista of hope.

    King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
  • It was barely four o'clock, and the sun came down a long vista of blue islands that led out to the open sea and Finland.

    Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
  • Behind the tide of humanity rolling in from the burning district, at the end of every street, was a vista of flame and smoke.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • And the possibility opened out such a vista of disasters that Alice was almost moved to tears.

  • A late car roared down the long vista and fled, retreating in softening rumbles.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for vista (1 of 2)


/ (ˈvɪstə) /

  1. a view, esp through a long narrow avenue of trees, buildings, etc, or such a passage or avenue itself; prospect: a vista of arches

  2. a comprehensive mental view of a distant time or a lengthy series of events: the vista of the future

Origin of vista

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

Derived forms of vista

  • vistaed, adjective
  • vistaless, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for VISTA (2 of 2)


/ (ˈvɪstə) /

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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