Definition of belvedere in English:



  • A summer house or open-sided gallery, typically at rooftop level, commanding a fine view.

    • ‘Positioned near the pier, it functions as a shelter and belvedere for those awaiting the ferry’
    • ‘The theme of dematerialisation is reprised at the top of the block, which is crowned with a glass belvedere (for meetings-with-a-view), connected to the lower floors by a serpentine spiral staircase.’
    • ‘At the top, a contemporary version of a belvedere frames a final breathtaking vista before visitors immerse themselves in the dense fabric and delights of the historic centre.’
    • ‘At the apex, the belvedere foyer of the adaptable theatre circles its curve and allows views west down the water.’
    • ‘Everybody else stayed on the belvedere, sipping iced drinks.’
    • ‘Here NGP proposes inserting what is effectively a completely new glazed building into the hole, rising on tall columns to provide an inhabited roof level with a cyclopean belvedere of a west wall.’
    • ‘One end of this long north-south wing terminates against the hill, the other in a belvedere overlooking the ocean.’
    • ‘A long timber deck links the house with a smaller structure used as a belvedere for sitting out or quiet contemplation.’
    • ‘He lived with his mistress at a luxurious estate in Normandy, to which he had added a grandiose belvedere.’
    • ‘They have just added a £28,000 belvedere - a cross between a glass tower and a roof terrace - to make the most of the views of the marshes and beaches of the Naze peninsula.’
    • ‘All that was left of the old mansion was the belvedere from which to view sunsets that Bonaparte often compared to those of Venice.’
    • ‘The roof accessible to visitors becomes a public belvedere from where to enjoy views over the Elm Garden and the future River Park.’
    • ‘There is not a single beach, promontory, belvedere or ruin that does not teem with literature, from Augustus to Gorky’.’
    • ‘The upper (more northerly) one is based on a corridor that runs at garden level, double and single sided, south-west from the entrance to a covered belvedere at the far end of the garden.’
    • ‘But Simpson's big move is to express the tower's top three floors as a separate, projecting belvedere.’
    arbour, shady place, leafy shelter, alcove, recess, pergola, grotto, sanctuary
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Late 16th century: from Italian, literally fair sight, from bel beautiful + vedere to see.