Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: paveillon, from Latin papilio 'butterfly'; because it was thought to look like a butterfly's wings


pa‧vil‧ion [countable]
1DLO a temporary building or tent which is used for public entertainment or exhibitions and is often large with a lot of space and light:
the German pavilion at the World Trade Fair
2 British EnglishDSC a building beside a sports field, especially a cricket field, used by the players and people watching the game
3 American English a very large building with big open areas used for sports and other public events:
victory before a home crowd at Maples Pavilion

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