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 Jeremy Gonsior and Chera Rizk, up from Holland for a day trip, chose to dine on the patio at Towne Plaza instead. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Traverse City business owners uneasy as tourists come to town," 24 May 2020 There were no crowds or lines of people waiting to be seated in the restaurants, and many who did show up sat outside on the patio despite the chilly weather. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, "Restaurant scene around Cleveland Friday night on the quiet side," 23 May 2020 Tables inside and on the patio are spaced out, staff will wear masks and gloves and capacity will be limited. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "2 metro Phoenix restaurants closed after potential COVID-19 exposure. But they didn't have to," 22 May 2020 Tables on the patio will also be spaced 7 feet apart. Louisville Courier Journal, "Louisville restaurants reopen this weekend. Here are 12+ places where you can eat outside," 21 May 2020 Employees will monitor restrooms to reduce capacity, and tables on the patio will be spaced six feet apart. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As Wisconsin reopens, live music is coming back. Memorial Day weekend, more than 150 shows are planned.," 21 May 2020 Bryan’s dad was set to officiate the ceremony, which would be followed by toasts and a taco dinner on the back patio. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "When Coronavirus Crashed Their Weddings, These Couples Held Virtual Ceremonies Instead — Here's What It Was Really Like," 3 May 2020 During a recent house call to a Tidewell Hospice facility in Punta Gorda, Florida, Russo set up his one-man band on a patio outside a giant window. Matt Villano, CNN, "In a pandemic's dark days, these hospice workers found creative ways to bring light," 10 Apr. 2020 Luiz Inácio Almeide, a retired engineer, sits on a patio in the historic center of Cuiabá, where colonial facades are splashed with vibrant street art. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Democracy around the world is down but not out. Test case: Brazil.," 9 Apr. 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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30 May 2020

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“Patio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 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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