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 An air-conditioning or heat pump was taken from the rear patio. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2021 Guests will enter through the museum’s lobby on Wilshire Boulevard or via the patio just off Fairfax Avenue. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 But before heading out on the boat, Lori set a plate on the patio table. Regan Stephens, Travel + Leisure, 6 Sep. 2021 Below are the pool with a basketball hoop, wet bar and patio. Dallas News, 5 Sep. 2021 The barbecue grill embedded in a stone-face counter under the covered patio. oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2021 Colorful murals and paintings from local artists adorned the walls around the patio and inside the shop, and the cafe was known to organize community events. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 3 Sep. 2021 At one Queens development, neighbors unsuccessfully tried for an hour to save a 48-year-old woman after water broke through the glass patio door of her basement apartment, trapping her in 6 feet (2 meters) of water. Time, 3 Sep. 2021 Slightly spritzy, with flavors of strawberry and raspberry and a light, refreshing palate, this wine is good for a patio luncheon or an uplifting start to a late summer’s dinner. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of patio

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for patio


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“Patio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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