from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A roofed structure, especially a small pavilion or tower on top of a building, situated so as to command a wide view.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Italian arch., an upper story of a building, or a portion of such a story, open to the air, at least on one side, and frequently on all, for the purpose of affording a view of the country and providing a place for enjoying the cool evening breeze. The belvedere is sometimes a sort of lantern or kiosk erected on the roof.
  • noun In France, a summer-house on an eminence in a park or garden.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) A small building, or a part of a building, more or less open, constructed in a place commanding a fine prospect.

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  • noun architecture A turret or other raised structure offering a pleasant view of the surrounding area.

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  • noun densely branched Eurasian plant; foliage turns purple-red in autumn
  • noun a gazebo sited to command a fine view


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

[Italian : bel, bello, beautiful (from Latin bellus; see deu- in Indo-European roots) + vedere, to see, view (from Latin vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots).]

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From Italian belvedere.


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  • I forgot to note the name of the artist so I called the belvedere curator and she told me the name Hirschl, and the title.

    Forgotten Master: Hiremy-Hirschl James Gurney 2009

  • There was a tall building called a belvedere, from which the country and the river might be surveyed for a long distance in every direction; but, stranger far than that, there were subterranean passages which led from the house to unfrequented parts of the grounds.

    Stories of New Jersey Frank Richard Stockton 1868

  • The top of the dome was fashioned into a kind of belvedere, with a small circular gallery.

    Hugo A Fantasia on Modern Themes Arnold Bennett 1899

  • Glyndon's sleeping apartment communicated with a kind of belvedere, or terrace, that commanded prospects of unrivalled beauty and extent, and was separated on the other side by a long gallery, and

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton 1838

  • Link but then the valet brought around my plymouth belvedere

    we get letters matociquala 2009

  • Is there any way to tie in with the Power Plans to not allow certain programs to run? for example belvedere and iswitch for me. tarkam

    iSwitchw Finds Windows As You Type | Lifehacker Australia 2009

  • Even more so with Tredowski's cover for Interzone #224, where a green belvedere clings to a fertile escarpment, with a troubled sea lying below and strange habitats (I suppose) floating high above in the background.

    February Books 16) Lavinia, by Ursula Le Guin nwhyte 2010

  • The Qianlong Garden has four connected courtyards with seven buildings, six pavilions, two bowers, a number of rockeries, one belvedere and such poetically named spaces as "Terrace for Collecting Morning Dew."

    A Paradise of Illusion Lee Lawrence 2010

  • While the Lucas and Spielberg Buildings 'deep eaves, tile roofs, belvedere and spacious courtyard hearken back to the vernacular manor houses of Tuscany, there's an unwieldy overlay, with classical egg-and-dart moldings mixing it up with pink, spiral-shafted Romanesque colonettes and Prairie Style-like window muntins.

    What George Lucas Wrought 2010

  • And the architects 'efforts to modulate the massing of the Lucas and Spielberg Buildings with loggias, balconies and the belvedere (which houses an elevator) do pay dividends in the courtyard.

    What George Lucas Wrought 2010


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  • Also can be a cupola with a staircase within. Can be known as a widow's walk.

    December 22, 2007

  • Come here, boy.

    November 19, 2009

  • I seek for the grand a humble peer:

    For ancient wines an ice-cold beer,

    For sculpted bowers

    My box of flowers,

    The window ledge my belvedere.

    June 15, 2014