loggia


log·gia

noun \ˈlō-jē-ə, ˈl-(ˌ)jä\

: an area on the side of a building that has a roof and that is open on one side

plural loggias \ˈlō-jē-əz, ˈl-(ˌ)jäz\ also log·gie \ˈl-(ˌ)jā\

Full Definition of LOGGIA

:  a roofed open gallery especially at an upper story overlooking an open court

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Origin of LOGGIA

Italian, from Old French loge lodge
First Known Use: 1742

loggia

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Hall, gallery, or porch open to the air on one or more sides. It evolved in the Mediterranean region as an open sitting room with protection from the sun. It is often a roofed, arcaded open gallery on an upper story overlooking a court, though it can also be a separate arcaded or colonnaded structure. In medieval and Renaissance Italy, it was often used in conjunction with a public square, as in Florence's Loggia dei Lanzi (begun 1376).

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