belvedere









belvedere


noun

  1. a building, or architectural feature of a building, designed and situated to look out upon a pleasing scene.
  2. a cigar, shorter and with thinner ends than a corona.
  3. (initial capital letter) a palace in Vatican City, Rome, used as an art gallery.

noun

  1. a building, such as a summerhouse or roofed gallery, sited to command a fine viewSee also gazebo
n.

“raised turret atop a house,” 1590s, from Italian belvedere, literally “a fair sight,” from bel, bello “beautiful” (from Latin bellus “beautiful, fair;” see bene-) + vedere “a view, sight” (see vista). Pronunciation perhaps influenced by the French form of the word. So called because it was used for viewing the grounds.

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