Pavilion vs Bower - What's the difference?

pavilion | bower |

As a noun pavilion

is an ornate tent.

As a verb pavilion

is to furnish with a pavilion.

As a proper noun bower is





(en noun)
  • an ornate tent
  • a light roofed structure used as a shelter in a public place
  • a structure, sometimes temporary, erected to house exhibits at a fair, etc
  • (cricket) the building where the players change clothes, wait to bat, and eat their meals
  • a detached or semi-detached building at a hospital or other building complex
  • the lower surface of a brilliant-cut gemstone, lying between the girdle and collet
  • (anatomy) the cartiliginous part of the outer ear; auricle
  • (anatomy) The fimbriated extremity of the Fallopian tube.
  • (military) A flag, ensign, or banner.
  • (heraldry) A tent used as a bearing.
  • A covering; a canopy; figuratively, the sky.
  • * Shelley
  • The pavilion of heaven is bare.


    * (part of ear) auricle, pinna


    (en verb)
  • to furnish with a pavilion
  • to put inside a pavilion
  • (figuratively) to enclose or surround (after Robert Grant's hymn line "pavilioned in splendour")
  • References



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) ).


    (en noun)
  • A bedroom or private apartments, especially for a woman in a medieval castle.
  • * Gascoigne
  • Give me my lute in bed now as I lie, / And lock the doors of mine unlucky bower .
  • (literary) A dwelling; a picturesque country cottage, especially one that is used as a retreat.
  • (Shenstone)
  • A shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods.
  • * 1599 ,
  • say that thou overheard'st us,
    And bid her steal into the pleached bower ,
    Where honey-suckles, ripen'd by the sun,
    Forbid the sun to enter;
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  • (ornithology) A large structure made of grass and bright objects, used by the bower bird during courtship displays.
  • Synonyms


    (en verb)
  • To embower; to enclose.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) To lodge.
  • (Spenser)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) boueer, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A peasant; a farmer.
  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl) Bauer.


    (en noun)
  • Either of the two highest trumps in euchre.
  • Derived terms
    * best bower * left bower * right bower

    Etymology 4

    From the bow of a ship


    (en noun)
  • (nautical) A type of ship's anchor, carried at the bow.
  • One who bows or bends.
  • A muscle that bends a limb, especially the arm.
  • * Spenser
  • His rawbone arms, whose mighty brawned bowers / Were wont to rive steel plates and helmets hew.

    Etymology 5

    From bough, compare brancher.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete, falconry) A young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest.
  • (Webster 1913)