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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ornate tent.
  • n. A light, sometimes ornamental roofed structure, used for amusement or shelter, as at parks or fairs: a picnic pavilion.
  • n. A usually temporary structure erected at a fair or show for use by an exhibitor: the French pavilion at the World's Fair.
  • n. A large structure housing sports or entertainment facilities; an arena.
  • n. A structure or another building connected to a larger building; an annex.
  • n. One of a group of related buildings forming a complex, as of a hospital.
  • n. The lower surface of a brilliant-cut gem, slanting outward from the culet to the girdle.
  • transitive v. To cover or furnish with or as if with a pavilion.
  • transitive v. To put in or as if in a pavilion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an ornate tent
  • n. a light roofed structure used as a shelter in a public place
  • n. a structure, sometimes temporary, erected to house exhibits at a fair, etc
  • n. the building where the players change clothes, wait to bat, and eat their meals
  • n. the lower surface of a brilliant-cut gemstone
  • n. the cartiliginous part of the outer ear
  • v. to furnish with a pavilion
  • v. to put inside a pavilion
  • v. to enclose or surround (after Robert Grant's hymn line "pavilioned in splendour")

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A temporary movable habitation; a large tent; a marquee; esp., a tent raised on posts.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A flag, colors, ensign, or banner.
  • n. Same as Tent (Her.)
  • n. That part of a brilliant which lies between the girdle and collet. See Illust. of Brilliant.
  • n. The auricle of the ear; also, the fimbriated extremity of the Fallopian tube.
  • n. A covering; a canopy; figuratively, the sky.
  • transitive v. To furnish or cover with, or shelter in, a tent or tents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with pavilions or tents; fill with tents.
  • To shelter with or as with a tent.
  • n. A tent; a temporary movable habitation: particularly, a large tent raised on posts.
  • n. Hence A canopy; a covering.
  • n. In architecture: A building of small or moderate size, isolated, but properly in a relation of more or less dependence on a larger or principal building.
  • n. A part of a building of considerable size projecting from the main body, particularly in the middle or at an angle of a front.
  • n. In apiculture, the middle hive in a collateral system.
  • n. In heraldry, a tent used as a bearing: rare and represented in various ways, as a wall-tent, bell-tent, etc., at the choice of the artist.
  • n. A coif or wig.
  • n. In anatomy, the outer ear; the pinna or auricle of the ear.
  • n. In brilliant-cutting, the sloping surfaces between the girdle and culet, taken together; also, the whole lower or pyramidal part of the stone, taken from the girdle and including the culet or collet. See brilliant.
  • n. In music. See pavillon.
  • n. A flag or ensign; specifically, the flag carried at the gaff of the mizzenmast or on the flagstaff at the stern of a ship to indicate her nationality.
  • n. A gold coin struck by Edward the Black Prince for circulation in France: it weighed from 67 to 83 grains.
  • n. In anatomy: The flaring extremity of a canal, as the external ear or the ovarian end of the Fallopian tube.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large and often sumptuous tent

Etymologies

Middle English pavilon, from Old French pavillon, from Latin pāpiliō, pāpiliōn-, butterfly, tent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English pavilloun, from Anglo-Norman pavilloun, from Latin pāpiliōnem, form of pāpiliō ("butterfly, moth") (due to resemblance of tent to a butterfly’s wings), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)

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