belvedere definition

  • noun:
    • A roofed construction, especially a small pavilion or tower over a building, situated to be able to command an extensive view.
    • A turret or other increased construction offering a pleasing view associated with surrounding area.
    • a tiny building, or part of a building, just about open, constructed in a place commanding a fine prospect.
    • In Italian arch., an upper tale of a building, or a percentage of such a tale, available to the air, at the least on one side, and often on all, for the true purpose of affording a view of the country and supplying someplace for experiencing the cool night breeze. The belvedere may also be sort of lantern or kiosk erected on the top.
    • In France, a summer-house on an eminence in a park or yard.
    • densely branched Eurasian plant; foliage converts purple-red in autumn
    • a gazebo sited to command a superb view

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