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Definition a large structure separate from a main structure
in various senses, including:
  • a large roofed structure without walls — often found in parks
  • a temporary structure — such as a large tent to house exhibits at a fair, to provide sports facilities, or to put on a show
  • a section of a large hospital or office complex adjacent to other parts

Much more rarely, pavilion can reference a facet of a gem or part of the outer ear.
  • We're meeting for a picnic under the pavilion at the park.
pavilion = large roofed structure without walls
  • The Chinese pavilion at the World's Fair was fabulous.
  • Her room is in the east pavilion of the hospital.
  • ...a pavilion pitched on one side of the open place.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • pavilion = a large tent
  • The torches and braziers kept the outdoor pavilion warm,
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • pavilion = a large structure separate from other structures
  • The boat looked like a floating teahouse, with an open-air pavilion larger than the one in our courtyard.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • pavilion = a large roofed structure without walls
  • When they came of an age to take girls out on dates they always took them to the pavilion in the fair grounds.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • pavilion = a large structure separate from a main structure (perhaps a large roofed structure without walls)
  • The couple advanced further into this pavilion of the night till they stood in its midst.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • He had seen them though, as they left their pavilion, and he followed them with his eyes until they disappeared again.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Gaily striped tents and pavilions sprang up everywhere as the workmen scurried about like ants.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Moonlight played on the high iron-latticed pavilions.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • Sometimes in the buffalo shed; other times the band shell benches or the pavilion.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • Grandfather sits a few rows behind the Commandant's pavilion with a group of his personal guard, his eyes on me.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And now the mild autumn sun got lower, and in front of the pavilion the following incident had taken place.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • "I'll go see about the pavilion for Your Majesty," said Teleus, backing up as the Mede's personal guard distributed themselves around the clearing.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • Giant tented pavilions were set up in the gardens, with food and wine stations scattered about the lawn.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • Deposes he was leaving Torquay Pavilion after the film Not a Sparrow and noticed a man behaving queerly.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Strands of web covered it like a gauze pavilion.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Certain agents I found to have the power to shake and to pluck back that fleshly vestment, even as a wind might toss the curtains of a pavilion.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • A clay and pebble wall, built in 1853, surrounded the town; and in the principal street were the market and several hotels adorned with pavilions.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days

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