belvedere

belvedere

[bel-vi-deer, bel-vi-deer; for 3 also Italian bel-ve-de-re]
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.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Italian: fine view < Latin bellus fine + vidēre to see

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belvedere (ˈbɛlvɪˌdɪə, ˌbɛlvɪˈdɪə)
 
n
See also gazebo a building, such as a summerhouse or roofed gallery, sited to command a fine view
 
[C16: from Italian: beautiful sight]

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belvedere
"raised turret atop a house," 1590s, from It. belvedere, lit. "a fair sight," from bel, bello "beautiful" + 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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