[ bel-vi-deer, bel-vi-deer; for 3 also Italian bel-ve-de-re ]
/ ˈbɛl vɪˌdɪər, ˌbɛl vɪˈdɪər; for 3 also Italian ˌbɛl vɛˈdɛ rɛ /


a building, or architectural feature of a building, designed and situated to look out upon a pleasing scene.
a cigar, shorter and with thinner ends than a corona.
(initial capital letter) a palace in Vatican City, Rome, used as an art gallery.

Nearby words

  1. beltsville small white,
  2. beltsy,
  3. beltway,
  4. beluga,
  5. belukha,
  6. belvidere,
  7. belvoir castle,
  8. bely,
  9. bely, andrei,
  10. belyi

Origin of belvedere

1590–1600; < Italian: fine view < Latin bellus fine + vidēre to see Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for belvedere


/ (ˈbɛlvɪˌdɪə, ˌbɛlvɪˈdɪə) /


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

Word Origin for belvedere

C16: from Italian: beautiful sight

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Word Origin and History for belvedere



"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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