What does pavilion mean?

Definitions for pavilion
pəˈvɪl yənpavil·ion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pavilion, marqueenoun

    large and often sumptuous tent


  1. pavilionnoun

    an ornate tent

  2. pavilionnoun

    a light roofed structure used as a shelter in a public place

  3. pavilionnoun

    a structure, sometimes temporary, erected to house exhibits at a fair, etc

  4. pavilionnoun

    the building where the players change clothes, wait to bat, and eat their meals

  5. pavilionnoun

    the lower surface of a brilliant-cut gemstone

  6. pavilionnoun

    the cartiliginous part of the outer ear

  7. pavilionverb

    to furnish with a pavilion

  8. pavilionverb

    to put inside a pavilion

  9. pavilionverb

    to enclose or surround (after Robert Grant's hymn line "pavilioned in splendour")

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pavilionnoun

    A tent; a temporary or moveable house.

    Etymology: pavillon, French.

    Flowers being under the trees, the trees were to them a pavillion, and the flowers to the trees a mosaical floor. Philip Sidney.

    She did lie
    In her pavilion, cloth of gold, of tissue. William Shakespeare.

    He, only he, heaven’s blew pavilion spreads,
    And on the ocean’s dancing billows treads. George Sandys.

    It was usual for the enemy, when there was a king in the field, to demand by a trumpet in what part of the camp he resided, that they might avoid firing upon the royal pavilion. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 23.

    The glowing fury springs,
    Once more invades the guilty dome, and shrouds
    Its bright pavilions in a veil of clouds. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Pavilionverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Jacob in Mahanaim saw
    The field pavilion’d with his guardians bright. John Milton.

    With his batt’ning flocks the careful swain
    Abides pavilion’d on the grassy plain.


  1. Pavilion

    In architecture, pavilion has several meanings: It may be a subsidiary building that is either positioned separately or as an attachment to a main building. Often it is associated with pleasure. In palaces and traditional mansions of Asia, there may be pavilions that are either freestanding or connected by covered walkways, as in the Forbidden City (Chinese pavilions), Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, and in Mughal buildings like the Red Fort. As part of a large palace, pavilions may be symmetrically placed building blocks that flank (appear to join) a main building block or the outer ends of wings extending from both sides of a central building block, the corps de logis. Such configurations provide an emphatic visual termination to the composition of a large building, akin to bookends.The word is from French pavillon (Old French paveillon) and it meant a small palace, from Latin papilionem (accusative of papilio). In Late Latin and Old French, it meant both ‘butterfly’ and ‘tent’, because the canvas of a tent resembled a butterfly's spread wings.


  1. pavilion

    A pavilion is a free-standing structure, often located in a public place like a park or garden, that provides shelter, shade, or a place for gatherings and events. It is typically open on one or several sides, sometimes with a peak or dome-like roof. In the context of a diamond or gem, the pavilion refers to the bottom portion of the stone, beneath the girdle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pavilionnoun

    a temporary movable habitation; a large tent; a marquee; esp., a tent raised on posts

  2. Pavilionnoun

    a single body or mass of building, contained within simple walls and a single roof, whether insulated, as in the park or garden of a larger edifice, or united with other parts, and forming an angle or central feature of a large pile

  3. Pavilionnoun

    a flag, colors, ensign, or banner

  4. Pavilionnoun

    same as Tent (Her.)

  5. Pavilionnoun

    that part of a brilliant which lies between the girdle and collet. See Illust. of Brilliant

  6. Pavilionnoun

    the auricle of the ear; also, the fimbriated extremity of the Fallopian tube

  7. Pavilionnoun

    a covering; a canopy; figuratively, the sky

  8. Pavilionverb

    to furnish or cover with, or shelter in, a tent or tents

  9. Etymology: [F. pavillon, fr. L. pavilio a butterfly, also, a tent, because spread out like a butterfly's wings.]


  1. Pavilion

    In architecture a pavilion has two primary meanings. It can refer to a free-standing structure sited a short distance from a main residence, whose architecture makes it an object of pleasure. Large or small, there is usually a connection with relaxation and pleasure in its intended use. A pavilion built to take advantage of a view is referred to as a gazebo. In its other primary meaning, in a symmetrical range of buildings in the classical styles, where there is a main central block – the corps de logis – the wings may end in pavilions that are emphasized in some fashion, in order to provide a full stop to the composition, like a period at the end of a sentence.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pavilion

    pa-vil′yun, n. a tent: an ornamental building often turreted or domed: (mil.) a tent raised on posts: a canopy or covering: the outer ear: a flag or ensign carried at the gaff of the mizzenmast.—v.t. to furnish with pavilions: to shelter, as with a tent.—n. Pavil′ion-roof, a roof sloping equally on all sides. [Fr. pavillon—L. papilio, a butterfly, a tent.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pavilion

    A state tent.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pavilion

    A tent raised on posts; a flag, colors, ensign, or banner; in heraldry, a covering in form of a tent, investing the armories of kings.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pavilion in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pavilion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of pavilion in a Sentence

  1. Brian Conacher:

    It was the last playoff series of the Original Six, it was Toronto against Montreal, and it was Canada’s centennial, it was also Expo 67 in Montreal, where the expectation was that the Canadiens would be showing off the Stanley Cup in the Quebec pavilion.

  2. Tim Minton:

    It is a terrific place to do business, there is another business 40 feet away in a similar pavilion that is thriving.

  3. Kate Goodwin:

    The U.K. Pavilion in particular changed the future of Heatherwick Studio, it demonstrated that the studio could work on a large scale and create something completely extraordinary that would stay in the collective imagination.

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