noun por·tal \ˈpr-təl\

: a large door or gate to a building (such as a church)

computers : a Web site that helps you find other sites

Full Definition of PORTAL

:  door, entrance; especially :  a grand or imposing one
:  the whole architectural composition surrounding and including the doorways and porches of a church
:  the approach or entrance to a bridge or tunnel
:  a communicating part or area of an organism; specifically :  the point at which something (as a pathogen) enters the body
:  a site serving as a guide or point of entry to the World Wide Web and usually including a search engine or a collection of links to other sites arranged especially by topic

Examples of PORTAL

  1. a Web portal for baseball fans
  2. <the main portal to the estate is an elaborate wrought iron gate on the side facing the road>

Origin of PORTAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin portale city gate, porch, from neuter of portalis of a gate, from Latin porta gate — more at port
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms

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

Rhymes with PORTAL



Definition of PORTAL

:  of or relating to the transverse fissure on the underside of the liver where most of the vessels enter
:  of, relating to, or being a portal vein or a portal system <portal circulation>

Origin of PORTAL

New Latin porta transverse fissure of the liver, from Latin, gate
First Known Use: 1845

Rhymes with PORTAL


biographical name Por·tal \ˈpr-təl\

Definition of PORTAL

Charles Frederick Algernon 1893–1971 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford British air marshal
PORTAL Defined for Kids


noun por·tal \ˈpr-təl\

Definition of PORTAL for Kids

:  a large or fancy door or gate


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