Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • I forgot to note the name of the artist so I called the belvedere curator and she told me the name Hirschl, and the title.

    Forgotten Master: Hiremy-Hirschl

  • There was a tall building called a belvedere, from which the country and the river might be surveyed for a long distance in every direction; but, stranger far than that, there were subterranean passages which led from the house to unfrequented parts of the grounds.

    Stories of New Jersey

  • The top of the dome was fashioned into a kind of belvedere, with a small circular gallery.

    Hugo A Fantasia on Modern Themes

  • Glyndon's sleeping apartment communicated with a kind of belvedere, or terrace, that commanded prospects of unrivalled beauty and extent, and was separated on the other side by a long gallery, and

    Zanoni

  • Is there any way to tie in with the Power Plans to not allow certain programs to run? for example belvedere and iswitch for me. tarkam

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  • Even more so with Tredowski's cover for Interzone #224, where a green belvedere clings to a fertile escarpment, with a troubled sea lying below and strange habitats (I suppose) floating high above in the background.

    February Books 16) Lavinia, by Ursula Le Guin

  • The Qianlong Garden has four connected courtyards with seven buildings, six pavilions, two bowers, a number of rockeries, one belvedere and such poetically named spaces as "Terrace for Collecting Morning Dew."

    A Paradise of Illusion

  • Link but then the valet brought around my plymouth belvedere

    we get letters

  • While the Lucas and Spielberg Buildings 'deep eaves, tile roofs, belvedere and spacious courtyard hearken back to the vernacular manor houses of Tuscany, there's an unwieldy overlay, with classical egg-and-dart moldings mixing it up with pink, spiral-shafted Romanesque colonettes and Prairie Style-like window muntins.

    What George Lucas Wrought

  • And the architects 'efforts to modulate the massing of the Lucas and Spielberg Buildings with loggias, balconies and the belvedere (which houses an elevator) do pay dividends in the courtyard.

    What George Lucas Wrought

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