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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We're tucked away in a back booth on the patio of the Polo Lounge. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 With bars on both floors, the first seats 120, the second 80, and the latter has the coveted rooftop outdoor patio. Louisa Chu,, "New rooftop bar and dining destination etta releases opening date and menu," 6 July 2018 North Italia at Fashion Valley will have a floating patio to allow for more outdoor seating. Michele Parente,, "Fox Restaurant Concepts to add 4 new places in San Diego, 2 at Fashion Valley," 30 June 2018 The 200-seat restaurant has two patios facing the main drag, Stone Way North. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Loosen your belt: 46 more restaurant and ice cream openings in Seattle and on the Eastside to try," 25 June 2018 Le Sainte-Elisabeth, a bar that is conveniently located on a street of the same name, has a dramatic outdoor patio where ivy grows several stories high on adjacent buildings and trees provide shade. Christopher Muther,, "It’s a great time for a summer sojourn to Montreal," 21 June 2018 Most rooms have a private patio or balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Summer Never Ends at Montauk's Hero Beach Club," 14 June 2018 Big Bar has a nice patio colored with bright orange umbrellas and stylish heat lamps in the winter. Bobby Shipman, The Courier-Journal, "Happy LGBTQ Pride Month! Check out these great gay bars in Louisville," 6 June 2018 Opened last December, the distillery and restaurant and distillery has a dog-friendly outdoor patio. Kit Waskom Pollard,, "What's new at Delaware beaches for the 2018 season: Rehoboth, Dewey Beach and more," 8 May 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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