- a light, usually open building used for shelter, concerts, exhibits, etc., as in a park or fair.
- any of a number of separate or attached buildings forming a hospital or the like.
- Architecture. a projecting element of a façade, used especially at the center or at each end and usually treated so as to suggest a tower.
- a tent, especially a large and elaborate one.
- a small, ornamental building in a garden.
- Also called base. Jewelry. the part of a cut gem below the girdle.
- to shelter in or as if in a pavilion.
- to furnish with pavilions.
Origin of pavilion
Examples from the Web for pavilion
Contemporary Examples of pavilion
“Doctor Zhivago could not be handed out at the American pavilion, but the CIA had an ally nearby,” Finn and Couvée write.Why the CIA Loved ‘Doctor Zhivago’
June 26, 2014
The piece suggests that Warhol was ultimately OK—and, quite possibly, pleased—with how the Pavilion affair went down.The Most Wanted Warhol: A Scandal at the 1964 World’s Fair
April 25, 2014
Art in its informative mode, in a video installation by Ali Kazma, in the Turkish pavilion of this year's Venice biennale.From Bodybuilders to Bondage Queens
July 12, 2013
This is a moment from "The Imitation of Life", Mathias Poledna's projection in the Austrian pavilion of the Biennale gardens.Disney Meets Duchamp
June 7, 2013
He said they will seek an order that requires the pavilion to be "open to all on an equal basis."Here's Where Marriage Equality and Religious Protections Clash
December 13, 2012
Historical Examples of pavilion
In the centre of the camp rose the pavilion of the queen—a palace in itself.Leila, Complete
Before the city a pavilion had been erected in which I drank the stirrup-cup.The Chinese Fairy Book
Vivian was now invited to the pavilion, where refreshments were prepared.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Shall we look over into the Pool from the pavilion, or go down by the steps?A Spirit in Prison
That was the spot, the pavilion was there at the end of a path.His Masterpiece
- 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
- to place or set in or as if in a pavilionpavilioned in splendour
- to provide with a pavilion or pavilions
Word Origin 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.