noun \ˈprch\

: a structure attached to the entrance of a building that has a roof and that may or may not have walls

: an entrance to a building that has a separate roof

Full Definition of PORCH

:  a covered area adjoining an entrance to a building and usually having a separate roof
obsolete :  portico

Examples of PORCH

  1. The house has a large front porch.
  2. <vacationers relaxing on the inn's spacious front porch>

Origin of PORCH

Middle English porche, from Anglo-French, from Latin porticus portico, from porta gate; akin to Latin portus port — more at ford
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to PORCH

gallery [Southern & Midland], lanai, piazza [dialect], stoop, veranda (or verandah)

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with PORCH


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Roofed structure, usually open at front and sides, projecting from the face of a building and used to protect an entrance. If colonnaded, it may be called a portico. A veranda is typically a long porch surrounded by a railing, often extending along more than one side of a building. Simple porches were exceedingly common in the domestic architecture of Britain and the U.S. from the late 18th century. In Gothic cathedrals the porch was often a small gabled structure projecting from the northern or southern walls of the nave. See also loggia, narthex.


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