pa·tio | \ˈpa-tē-ˌō also ˈpä- \
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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Just take a seat on the patio and start shedding those toxins. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "8 reasons to love the Phoenix heat in summer," 14 July 2018 To bring the hummingbirds on the patio this summer and fall, obtain a firebush. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The plants that will attract fall hummingbirds, butterflies," 13 July 2018 Diners can eat there, on the patio, in the pretty piazza or take it to-go. Michele Parente,, "Little Italy Food Hall, a delicious gastro-gathering place, opens today," 12 July 2018 Find a spot with your dog on the patio in the summer months or curl up next to the fireplace for some winter hygge. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Live music, typically a guitarist and singer, is featured on the patio Wednesday nights when the outdoor farmers market is open. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Emil's Tavern on Center in Grayslake," 9 July 2018 And on the patio, the inside bar is just steps away. Joan Cary, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Basil’s Greek Dining in Aurora," 8 July 2018 Amenities: Dine inside a windmill, on a sailboat indoors or relax outside on the patio on the Fox River. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Elgin Courier-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Port Edward in Algonquin," 7 July 2018 Sit on the patio on a nice day, but don’t forget to visit the Dylan Thomas memorabilia inside. Jennifer Larue, The Seattle Times, "Soaking up Manhattan’s literary history: A book lover’s bar-hopping guide," 2 July 2018

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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, ˈpä-\
plural patios

Kids Definition of patio

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

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