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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To furnish with pavilions or tents; fill with tents.
  • To shelter with or as with a tent.
  • noun A tent; a temporary movable habitation: particularly, a large tent raised on posts.
  • noun Hence A canopy; a covering.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A part of a building of considerable size projecting from the main body, particularly in the middle or at an angle of a front.
  • noun In apiculture, the middle hive in a collateral system.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A coif or wig.
  • noun In anatomy, the outer ear; the pinna or auricle of the ear.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In music. See pavillon.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A gold coin struck by Edward the Black Prince for circulation in France: it weighed from 67 to 83 grains.
  • noun In anatomy: The flaring extremity of a canal, as the external ear or the ovarian end of the Fallopian tube.

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun large and often sumptuous tent


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

[Middle English pavilon, from Old French pavillon, from Latin pāpiliō, pāpiliōn-, butterfly, tent; see pāl- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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