A roofed structure, especially a small pavilion or tower on top of a building, situated so as to command a wide view.
[Italian : bel, bello, beautiful (from Latin bellus; see deu-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + vedere, to see, view (from Latin vidēre, to see; see weid- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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