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

  • noun A railed, rooftop platform typically on a coastal house, originally designed to observe vessels at sea.

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  • noun US A raised platform on the roof of a house, especially one on a coastal house originally used for viewing the arrival of shipping

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  • noun a lookout atop a coastal house


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  • Synonymous with belvedere.

    December 22, 2007

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    May 16, 2022

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