Definition of pavilion in English:



  • 1A building or similar structure used for a specific purpose, in particular.

    • ‘A special feature of this development is the purpose-built pavilion with two tennis courts.’
    • ‘Instead, passengers pass through a waterfront museum to a covered pavilion where they are processed.’
    • ‘Another distinct type is the loft-style, two-unit pavilions for officers.’
    • ‘Despite their glassy, transparent nature, the upper floors of the pavilions house the more private precincts.’
    • ‘A walk along the road made up of broad stones and surrounded by traditional houses and pavilions is like stepping back into the early 19th century.’
    • ‘It will involve making the pavilions structurally sound as well as putting up two new glass structures, effectively creating one big building.’
    • ‘My driver paused at Twin Dragon Bridge, a striking seventeen-arch structure with pavilions built in the 1700s.’
    • ‘Finally, we headed for the scenic spots mentioned in every travel guide book - the local temples and pavilions.’
    • ‘The new pavilion resembles an art gallery more than a school, with its white-painted interior surfaces and hand-crafted feeling.’
    • ‘In an area of 4,000 square metres, about 260 temple rooms, towers and pavilions were built close together, tier upon tier, with verandahs and eaves.’
    • ‘The double-height hall beyond is an atrium between seaward and landward pavilions of the building.’
    • ‘The top level of the pavilion contains services, offices, meeting rooms and the obligatory sauna.’
    • ‘They take the form of free-standing pavilions like terraces of houses, added progressively as classes move over.’
    • ‘But there were no temples here, no pavilions thronged with devotees.’
    • ‘From inside the main lobby, the building opens up to a magnificent two-acre pool in which three gallery pavilions reflect.’
    • ‘Above ground will be five irregularly shaped glass-covered structures called lenses or pavilions.’
    • ‘A timber pavilion was constructed at Station Road in the late 1920s but was razed to the ground after a fire destroyed it in 1967.’
    • ‘It offers a huge range of venues from the smaller committee room and boardroom to large exhibition halls, a pavilion and a ballroom.’
    • ‘Architects from around the planet will show off their talents in pavilions, palaces, and warehouses across Venice.’
    • ‘The house built about 300 years ago has pavilions, gardens and high walls.’
    1. 1.1 A summerhouse or other decorative building used as a shelter in a park or large garden.
      • ‘In the event, the practice has created a pastoral campus with pavilions, canals and groves of trees, in harmony with its surroundings.’
      • ‘The absence of walls on the central pavilion allows in the soft sea breezes to waft through.’
      • ‘Center stage is a pavilion surrounded by gardens.’
      • ‘We joined a handful of people standing on a viewing pavilion watching the mighty volume of water cascading and spraying to the river below.’
      • ‘The pavilions and courtyards are dramatically arranged on a pair of rocky hills overlooking the Indian Ocean.’
      • ‘As we approached the pavilion in the park, we could see hundreds of people talking and eating, and could hear live music and laughter.’
      • ‘Bamboo pavilions, grass sheds and wooden bridges are placed along the path.’
      • ‘There is just one day left to catch a glimpse of the shortlisted design proposals for a new pavilion in Priory Park.’
      • ‘But before I succumb to more frivolous imaginings, we should perhaps ask if the metaphor of the pavilion in the garden is relevant here.’
      • ‘The waterfalls were crystal clear, while elegant pavilions stand under trees that drip with bright red flowers.’
      • ‘Two other large pavilions within the park are dedicated to group shows organized by the Biennale director and invited curators.’
      • ‘Essentially a series of pavilions, the house offers intimate connections with the surrounding bush, juxtaposed with stunning Auckland vistas.’
      • ‘The Grade ll listed glass pavilions at the gardens are one of the earliest examples of curvilinear glasshouses ever built.’
      • ‘We found our crew hanging around the park pavilion.’
      • ‘Chris pulled into a parking spot relatively close to a pavilion at Moss Park.’
      • ‘There will also be a pavilion with parking spaces.’
      • ‘On the lower roof are a glass pavilion and roof garden.’
      • ‘Young offenders responsible for vandalising some of Hull's most attractive areas have redeemed themselves by restoring a ruined pavilion in West Park to its former glory.’
      summer house, pavilion, belvedere
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    2. 1.2 In the names of buildings used for theatrical or other entertainments.
      ‘the second concert at the White Rock Pavilion’
      • ‘Self-catering properties include Baille Hill House and Bishopgate Pavilion, both in York, and Beech Farm Holiday Cottages in Pickering.’
      • ‘The visitors can take a look at The Royal Thai Decorations and the Coin Pavilion.’
      • ‘You can still do it at the Chaat Stand at the Raj Pavilion.’
      • ‘They play the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth on Monday.’
      • ‘The San Francisco Antiques show takes place at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center between October 26 and 29.’
      • ‘The Pavilion was opened in 1935 and took its name from Earl De La Warr, who was the local mayor at the time.’
      • ‘The Lifestyles Pavilion will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM, Saturday, March 22 through Monday, March 24.’
      • ‘He will hold a multimedia slide show on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. in the McGee Room at the Dogwood Pavilion in Coquitlam.’
      • ‘The book is sold at The Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins at the Royal Grand Palace in Bangkok for 500 baht.’
    3. 1.3 A detached or semidetached block at a hospital or other building complex.
      • ‘Treatment rooms for massage and mud baths run around the east edge of the complex and the new pavilion at the southeast corner houses the doctors and their consulting rooms.’
      • ‘It is hoped that the new pavilion will be completed by the end of April.’
      • ‘Benches and a fountain, as well as flowers and plants sent in from all over the world made the otherwise clean hospital pavilion somewhat serene.’
      • ‘Demolition work will start at the end of the month and officials hope the pavilion will be completed by the Autumn.’
      • ‘Phase one upgrades for the center include a new 4,600-square-foot pond center complex with a pavilion for class orientation.’
    4. 1.4 A large tent with a peak and crenellated decorations, used especially at a show or fair.
      • ‘Ma'am, you'd hardly believe that I was once the owner of a great pavilion tent that was the attraction of the fair.’
      • ‘In 1900 he received a commission by the Austrian government to decorate the Austrian pavilion for the World Fair in Paris of 1900.’
      • ‘Few visitors to the Russian pavilions at world's fairs, however, appreciated the serious nature the Russian revival held for Russians.’
      • ‘Then came the German pavilions at world fairs - in New York, in Chicago, in Buenos Aires, in Helsinki.’
      • ‘The 1939 fair had pavilions from nations across the globe; there are two countries represented in the cards: Sudan and the Vatican.’
      • ‘The fair featured a pavilion decorated in the style of Hatshepsut's mortuary temple.’
    5. 1.5 A temporary building, stand, or other structure in which items are displayed by a dealer or exhibitor at a trade exhibition.
      • ‘It represents Queen Victoria and family surrounded by imperial dignitaries gathered inside the pavilion of the Great Exhibition.’
      • ‘But, with a month to go and many of the temporary stands, pavilions and marquees needed to accommodate the 60,000 visitors a day still to be erected, is he at all nervous?’
      • ‘But close up, the building is clearly much more substantial and tectonically satisfying than any temporary exhibition pavilion.’
      • ‘It has been exhibited in museum and gallery venues around the world, and the exhibitors in the pavilion are looking forward to exposing attendees to the genre.’
      • ‘Rejected by the Universal Exposition of 1867, he set up a separate exhibition in a private pavilion, next to Courbet's.’
      • ‘In 1967, he hosted the British pavilion at the World Exhibition in Montreal, Expo '67.’
      • ‘Mr Brennan said some facilities which ‘starred’ last year when temporary pavilions were in place, such as the lawn canopies, would remain.’
      • ‘The pavilion and the materials exhibited within are so simple that one cannot identify the country's characteristics.’
      • ‘Aston Martins and Bentleys are on display in the auto pavilion just a stone's throw from the latest John Deere models.’
      • ‘Richly decorated, grand pavilions and tents stand at the ready.’
      • ‘It now includes 22 national pavilions with 840 exhibits from 38 countries.’
      • ‘Other ideas could, with luck, be tried out on temporary exhibition pavilions.’
      • ‘Is it sufficient, as the submission suggests, to provide for conversion as a temporary pavilion or exhibition space?’
      • ‘The company was one of 16 Irish companies that exhibited at the Irish pavilion at Telecom World in Geneva last week.’
      • ‘Some 25 football fields would be needed to lay out all the pavilions and exhibition booths.’
  • 2A usually highly decorated projecting subdivision of a building.

  • 3The part of a cut gemstone below the girdle.


Middle English (denoting a large decorated tent): from Old French pavillon, from Latin papilio(n-) butterfly; tent.