from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A roofed structure, especially a small pavilion or tower on top of a building, situated so as to command a wide view.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A turret or other raised structure offering a pleasant view of the surrounding area.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small building, or a part of a building, more or less open, constructed in a place commanding a fine prospect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Italian arch., an upper story of a building, or a portion of such a story, open to the air, at least on one side, and frequently on all, for the purpose of affording a view of the country and providing a place for enjoying the cool evening breeze. The belvedere is sometimes a sort of lantern or kiosk erected on the roof.
- n. In France, a summer-house on an eminence in a park or garden.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. densely branched Eurasian plant; foliage turns purple-red in autumn
- n. a gazebo sited to command a fine view
Italian : bel, bello, beautiful (from Latin bellus; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots) + vedere, to see, view (from Latin vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian belvedere. (Wiktionary)