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[bel-vi-deer, bel-vi-deer; for 3 also Italian bel-ve-de-re] /ˈbɛl vɪˌdɪər, ˌbɛl vɪˈdɪər; for 3 also Italian ˌbɛl vɛˈdɛ rɛ/
a building, or architectural feature of a building, designed and situated to look out upon a pleasing scene.
a cigar, shorter and with thinner ends than a corona.
(initial capital letter) a palace in Vatican City, Rome, used as an art gallery.
Origin of belvedere
1590-1600; < Italian: fine view < Latin bellus fine + vidēre to see Unabridged
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  • In the belvedere she was in constant dread of Cæsar's poison, and it is indeed a wonder that she did escape it.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • There was a belvedere, and if we had only brought our blankets!

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • He turned his horse down the belvedere Road, telling his groom to wait at the corner, and stopped before the lawyer's door.

    Verner's Pride Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Near him lay another baron, Pandolfo of the lords of belvedere.

    The Makers of Modern Rome Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • As if one should tie a paper around the ankle of the belvedere Apollo, with the inscription, "This is the ankle."

  • There is an expansive and impressive view from the belvedere adjoining.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
  • The belvedere assumes various forms, such as an angle turret, a cupola, a loggia or open gallery.

  • Toward the end of 1547 they were at work on the bastion of the belvedere.

    Michelangelo Romain Rolland
  • On the day when the Watteville family inaugurated the belvedere, Savaron also was founding a monument.

    Albert Savarus Honore de Balzac
  • It is a long climb up to the belvedere of the low white building.

    Naples Past and Present Arthur H. Norway
British Dictionary definitions for belvedere


/ˈbɛlvɪˌdɪə; ˌbɛlvɪˈdɪə/
a building, such as a summerhouse or roofed gallery, sited to command a fine view See also gazebo
Word Origin
C16: from Italian: beautiful sight
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Word Origin and History for belvedere

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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