[puh-vil-yuh n]


verb (used with object)

to shelter in or as if in a pavilion.
to furnish with pavilions.

Nearby words

  1. pavemental,
  2. paver,
  3. pavese,
  4. pavia,
  5. pavid,
  6. pavilion roof,
  7. pavillon,
  8. pavillon chinois,
  9. pavin,
  10. paving

Origin of pavilion

1250–1300; Middle English pavilon < Old French paveillon < Latin pāpiliōn- (stem of pāpiliō) butterfly

Related formsun·pa·vil·ioned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pavilion

British Dictionary definitions for pavilion



British a building at a sports ground, esp a cricket pitch, in which players change
a summerhouse or other decorative shelter
a building or temporary structure, esp one that is open and ornamental, for housing exhibitions
a large ornate tent, esp one with a peaked top, as used by medieval armies
one of a set of buildings that together form a hospital or other large institution
one of four main facets on a brilliant-cut stone between the girdle and the culet

verb (tr) literary

to place or set in or as if in a pavilionpavilioned in splendour
to provide with a pavilion or pavilions

Word Origin for pavilion

C13: from Old French pavillon canopied structure, from Latin pāpiliō butterfly, tent

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Word Origin and History for pavilion



c.1200, "large, stately tent," from Old French paveillon "large tent; butterfly" (12c.), from Latin papilionem (nominative papilio) "butterfly, moth," in Medieval Latin "tent" (see papillon); the type of tent so called on resemblance to wings. Meaning "open building in a park, etc., used for shelter or entertainment" is attested from 1680s.

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