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 terraces and patio were transformed into a bar garnished with greenery, while the dinner was held in the garden around the villa’s swimming pool, overlooking the ocean. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Stylist’s Easy Elegant Wedding Overlooking the Ocean in Ibiza," 22 Apr. 2019 Use a large container (such as the planters nurseries sell for patio fruit trees), preferably plastic to control the weight. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Figs Right in Your Backyard," 15 Aug. 2018 The master suite opens directly outside, where a pool and spa sit next to a lawn and patio. Jack Flemming,, "Elizabeth Taylor’s Beverly Hills haunt hits the market for $15.9 million," 12 July 2018 The outdoor patio seats 150 and features a large bar and stool seating, all sheltered under a canopy. Philip Potempa, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Tribes Alehouse in Tinley Park," 11 July 2018 Its name is stripped from the building and overturned furniture occupies the patio where customers once dined outdoors. David Lyons,, "TGI Fridays in Fort Lauderdale closes after four decades," 11 July 2018 Several men were inside a patio home at Easthampton and West Village when the argument occurred. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man shot during argument in Mount Houston area," 11 July 2018 Trump was buoyant all weekend because the investigation was over, golfing with Kid Rock and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., greeting donors and supporters at a political dinner and hanging out with friends on the Mar-a-Lago patio. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "‘No collusion!’ goes from defiant mantra to re-election rallying cry for Trump," 24 Mar. 2019 The garage fits three cars (two Black Cadillacs anyone?) and the patio and covered back porch have stunning views of the rolling hills of Brentwood. Cator Sparks, House Beautiful, "Carrie Underwood Is Selling Her Tennessee Home," 11 Mar. 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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