pa·​tio | \ ˈpa-tē-ˌō also ˈpä- How to pronounce patio (audio) \
plural patios

Definition of patio

1 : courtyard especially : an inner court open to the sky
2 : a recreation area that adjoins a dwelling, is often paved, and is adapted especially to outdoor dining

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Examples of patio in a Sentence

there's a patio in the center of the apartment complex

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The plans also included an 800-square-foot garage and extra outdoor parking spaces on a manicured lot with outdoor patios and a koi pond. Hal Dardick,, "Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts’ property tax appeal under investigation after Tribune finds assessment problem," 9 July 2019 Inside, a rotating DJ sometimes performs, though the space also includes an outdoor patio. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "Meet the Hot Chick, a new bar and restaurant open now in Old Town Scottsdale," 3 July 2019 The little pizzeria has just a couple of stools inside and tables on an outdoor patio. Sheryl Julian,, "In the Italian neighborhood of Nonantum in Newton, a little pizzeria is making great pies," 1 July 2019 An outdoor patio will eventually become a dining area — and not a moment too soon. Christina Tkacik,, "After makeover, Papi's Tacos is a welcome addition to Hampden's dining scene," 27 June 2019 In February, Ryan Cos. completed a Carlsbad, Calif., warehouse complex with ocean views, beach bocce and sand volleyball courts, an amphitheater, skylights, kitchens with stone counters and roll-up glass doors that open onto an outdoor patio. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Warehouse Design Steals a Page From Tech Playbook," 25 June 2019 New features include more meeting rooms, an iLAB with technology such as 3D printing, an interactive children’s area with a baby garden, a fireplace lounge and an outdoor patio. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Hastings library reopens Tuesday after $3.6 million makeover," 24 June 2019 According to city documents, the development will be a town home-style condominium and feature a private garage, covered outdoor patio overlooking the adjacent park and three floors of living space. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Proposed four-unit condominium in Delafield will be downsized," 24 June 2019 The 1,695 square foot home offers sweeping views of the Galleria from nearly every room and includes a large outdoor patio. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Step inside the most expensive mid and high-rises that sold in Houston in May," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of patio

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of patio

: a flat area of ground that is covered with a hard material (such as bricks or concrete), is usually behind a house, and is used for sitting and relaxing


pa·​tio | \ ˈpa-tē-ˌō How to pronounce patio (audio) , ˈpä-\
plural patios

Kids Definition of patio

: an open area next to a house that is usually paved

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