1. A temporary movable habitation; a large tent; a marquee; especially, a tent raised on posts. "[The] Greeks do pitch their brave pavilions."

2. A single body or mass of building, contained within simple walls and a single roof, whether insulated, as in the park or garden of a larger edifice, or united with other parts, and forming an angle or central feature of a large pile.

3. A flag, colours, ensign, or banner.


5. That part of a brilliant which lies between the girdle and collet.

6. <anatomy> The auricle of the ear; also, the fimbriated extremity of the Fallopian tube.

7. A covering; a canopy; figuratively, the sky. "The pavilion of heaven is bare." (Shelley)

Origin: F. Pavillon, fr. L. Pavilio a butterfly, also, a tent, because spread out like a butterfly's wings.

(01 Mar 1998)

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