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pavilion
brilliant-cut gemstone
pa·vil·ion  audio  (p-vlyn) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. An ornate tent.
    1. A light, sometimes ornamental roofed structure, used for amusement or shelter, as at parks or fairs: a picnic pavilion.
    2. A usually temporary structure erected at a fair or show for use by an exhibitor: the French pavilion at the World's Fair.
    3. A large structure housing sports or entertainment facilities; an arena.
  2. A structure or another building connected to a larger building; an annex.
  3. One of a group of related buildings forming a complex, as of a hospital.
  4. The lower surface of a brilliant-cut gem, slanting outward from the culet to the girdle.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
pa·vil·ioned, pa·vil·ion·ing, pa·vil·ions
  1. To cover or furnish with or as if with a pavilion.
  2. To put in or as if in a pavilion.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English pavilon, from Old French pavillon, from Latin ppili, ppilin-, butterfly, tent



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