pa·​tio | \ ˈpa-tē-ˌō How to pronounce patio (audio) 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
Recent Examples on the Web There will also be outdoor patio seating available with six feet distancing. William Thornton |, al, "New Milo’s coming to Cahaba Heights," 15 Sep. 2020 Torchy’s at 1035 Gessner in Memorial City clocks in a 4,500 square feet and includes a full bar and outdoor patio seating, according to a Wednesday release. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Torchy’s Tacos opens a new location in Memorial City," 10 Sep. 2020 New York City was allowed to reopen outdoor dining in late June, with restaurants transforming the city with innovate curbside, open street and patio seating. Claudia Harmata,, "New York City Restaurants Can Soon Open for Indoor Seating, But with Heavy Restrictions," 9 Sep. 2020 Just off the trailhead, Abita Brew Pub, as famous for its burgers as its beer, provides ample patio seating and often live music. Jessica Fender,, "3 trips on the Tammany Trace for bridges, beaches and brewpubs in safe, natural settings," 8 Sep. 2020 Still, Pierose knows that the patio seating is a temporary while the weather is comfortable. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Dining moves to parking lots, side yards and grass strips in Salt Lake City," 6 Sep. 2020 There are also disposable paper menus and covered patio seating. Phillip Valys,, "Let’s Eat Safely, South Florida: Which Broward, Palm Beach restaurants do COVID-19 dining right?," 5 Sep. 2020 When restaurants and bars offering food were allowed to reopen, Thunderbird Lounge reopened its patio seating, serving meals from Restaurant Progress and Dino's Napoletana next door. The Arizona Republic, "'We kind of have to tip-toe': Some Arizona bars have reopened again. Here's how it went," 29 Aug. 2020 The 3,000-square-foot location at 12851 Narcoossee Road will be a takeout-friendly, fast-casual restaurant that offers patio seating, according to a news release. Austin Fuller,, "Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi comes to Lake Nona this fall," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of patio

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of patio was in 1764

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23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Patio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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