AskDefine | Define belvedere

Dictionary Definition



1 densely branched Eurasian plant; foliage turns purple-red in autumn [syn: summer cypress, burning bush, fire bush, fire-bush, Bassia scoparia, Kochia scoparia]
2 a gazebo sited to command a fine view

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈbɛl.və.dɪə(ɹ)/ /"bel.v@.dI@(r)/


  1. a building with a pleasant vista


  • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 57
    "One evening," she went on, "while Madame Orio was fast asleep in her little belvedere (it being the good old lady's habit to repair there to rest after a bottle or two of red Padua wine), Manette and Marton left the widow's house noiselessly in the Campo San Zobenigo, and made their way running towards the Piazza of St. Mark's. [...]"

Extensive Definition

Belvedere in Italian literally means beautiful view.
It is used as a generic architectural term (see Belvedere (structure)), and has been used to name many things:

Specific buildings

Fictional buildings

  • Belvedere, M. C. Escher's famous 1958 lithograph


Other meanings

  • House of Belvedere an Italian clan or family originally from Italy. The name goes back to the 8th Century AD and is listed with the Royal French Heraldry Encyclopedia. The family crest is two crossed swords over a triple scalloped hill with three stars in fess above. The name appears on everything from hotels to theaters to restaurants to streets and boulevards. Aircraft and automobiles and ships have been given this widespread name.
  • Belvedere (comic strip)
  • Bristol Belvedere: The Belvedere helicopter, designed by the Bristol Aeroplane Company (later Westland Aircraft)
  • Mr. Belvedere, an American sitcom that aired from 1985 to 1990, based on the novel Belvedere by Gwen Davenport
  • Belvedere Records
  • Belvedere (band), a Canadian punk rock band founded in the late 1990s.
  • Belvedere (vodka), a premium vodka.
  • Plymouth Belvedere, an American automobile made by Plymouth from 1951 through 1970
  • Belvedere (cartoon character), a cartoon bulldog in Looney Tunes' Bugs Bunny and Tweety show cartoons who was called by his master, an ornery Southern Colonel: "Oh Belvedere.... come here boy!"
  • Belvederefilm, an independent film production company based in Los Angeles and Vienna, founded 1999 by Elfi von Dassanowsky and Robert von Dassanowsky
  • Robert Mascara, Australian television personality on Good Morning Australia who is almost always referred to as "Belvedere" by Bert Newton.
  • Belvedere Stadium, Home of Liverpool FC, soccer team from Montevideo
  • Belvedere, Surbub in the western part of the city center of Harare, Zimbabwe. The majority of residence are of Asian origin and hosts two higher education instititutions. These are the Belvedere Technical teachers College and Harare Institute of Technology.
  • Belvedere - a small round copse on a hill as part of the scenic layout of formal gardens on an estate.
  • Earl of Belvedere, an Irish peerage from 1756 to 1814
  • Belvedere Coco, minor fictional character of the anime series Vandread
belvedere in German: Belvedere
belvedere in Spanish: Belvedere
belvedere in French: Belvedere
belvedere in Italian: Belvedere
belvedere in Lithuanian: Belvederis (reikšmės)
belvedere in Dutch: Belvédère
belvedere in Polish: Belvedere
belvedere in Portuguese: Belvedere
belvedere in Russian: Бельведер (значения)
belvedere in Volapük: Belvedere

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Havana, Texas tower, alcove, beacon, bleachers, box of cigars, bridge, cheroot, cigar, cigar box, cigar case, cigar cutter, cigarillo, colorado, conning tower, corona, gallery, gazebo, grandstand, humidor, lighthouse, lookout, loophole, observation post, observatory, outlook, overlook, pagoda, peanut gallery, peephole, pharos, ringside, ringside seat, rope, sighthole, stinker, stogie, top gallery, tower, trichinopoly, watchtower
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