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porter

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noun por·ter \ˈpȯr-tər\

Definition of porter

chiefly British

  1. :  a person stationed at a door or gate to admit or assist those entering



Origin and Etymology of porter

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin portarius, from Latin porta gate — more at port


First Known Use: 13th century


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porter

noun por·ter

Definition of porter

  1. 1 :  a person who carries burdens; especially :  one employed to carry baggage for patrons at a hotel or transportation terminal

  2. 2 :  a parlor-car or sleeping-car attendant who waits on passengers and makes up berths

  3. 3 [short for porter's beer] :  a heavy dark brown beer brewed from browned or charred malt

  4. 4 :  a person who does routine cleaning (as in a hospital or office)



Origin and Etymology of porter

Middle English portour, from Anglo-French porteour, from Late Latin portator, from Latin portare to carry — more at fare


First Known Use: 14th century


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porter

verb por·ter

Definition of porter

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to transport or carry as or as if by a porter

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to act as a porter



1609

First Known Use of porter

1609


Porter

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biographical name Por·ter \ˈpȯr-tər\

Definition of Porter

  1. Cole Albert 1891–1964 Am. songwriter




Porter

biographical name por·ter

Definition of Porter

  1. David 1780–1843 & his son David Dixon 1813–1891 Am. naval officers




Porter

biographical name por·ter

Definition of Porter

  1. Gene 1868–1924 née Stratton Am. nov.




Porter

biographical name por·ter

Definition of Porter

  1. Katherine Anne 1890–1980 Am. writer




Porter

biographical name por·ter

Definition of Porter

  1. Noah 1811–1892 Am. philos. & lexicographer




Porter

biographical name por·ter

Definition of Porter

  1. William Sydney 1862–1910 pseud. O. Hen*ry play \(ˈ)ō-ˈhen-rē\ Am. short-story writer




PORTER Defined for Kids

porter

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noun por·ter \ˈpȯr-tər\

Definition of porter for Students

  1. 1 :  a person whose job is to carry baggage (as at a hotel)

  2. 2 :  a person whose job is helping passengers on a train





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