[guh-zey-boh, -zee-]

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.

Origin of gazebo

First recorded in 1745–55; origin uncertain


[guh-zey-boh, -zee-]

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

Examples from the Web for gazebo

Historical Examples of gazebo

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

British Dictionary definitions for gazebo


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.

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