[ guh-zey-boh, -zee- ]
/ gəˈzeɪ boʊ, -ˈzi- /

noun, plural ga·ze·bos, ga·ze·boes.

a structure, as an open or latticework pavilion or summerhouse, built on a site that provides an attractive view.
a small roofed structure that is screened on all sides, used for outdoor entertaining and dining.

Nearby words

  1. gazania,
  2. gazankulu,
  3. gazar,
  4. gaze,
  5. gaze nystagmus,
  6. gazehound,
  7. gazelle,
  8. gazer,
  9. gazette,
  10. gazetted officer

Origin of gazebo

First recorded in 1745–55; origin uncertain


[ guh-zey-boh, -zee- ]
/ gəˈzeɪ boʊ, -ˈzi- /

noun, plural ga·ze·bos. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gazebo

  • The Folly was a long two-storied house, with a tower or gazebo at one end.

  • One gazebo wants to buy a castle in the old country; another wants a racing stable; another a steam yacht.

    The Trail of '98|Robert W. Service
  • And if I find any gazebo getting too thick with her, then up speaks little Bertie for the word that makes her his.

    The Readjustment|Will Irwin

British Dictionary definitions for gazebo


/ (ɡəˈziːbəʊ) /

noun plural -bos or -boes

a summerhouse, garden pavilion, or belvedere, sited to command a view

Word Origin for gazebo

C18: perhaps a pseudo-Latin coinage based on gaze

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Word Origin and History for gazebo


1752, supposedly a facetious formation from gaze + -bo, Latin first person singular future tense suffix (cf. videbo "I shall see"), on model of earlier belvedere "cupola," from Italian bello verde "handsome sight." But perhaps rather a corruption of some oriental word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper