per·go·la | \ˈpər-gə-lə, pər-ˈgō- \

Definition of pergola 

1 : arbor, trellis

2 : a structure usually consisting of parallel colonnades supporting an open roof of girders and cross rafters

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Outside, an enormous wisteria arbor encloses a pergola overlooking the pool. Shannon Rooney,, "Three suburban Philly pools fit for an epic staycation," 5 June 2018 On the first floor, these windows and doors provide sweeping views of a covered stone patio overlooking the free-form gunite pool and hot tub with a waterfall, an imposing pergola, a fire pit, and a grill. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 485 Deercliff Road, Avon," 20 Oct. 2017 An employee of a business in the 2500 block of Chestnut Avenue told police June 19 that someone used a saw to cut 55 mature vines off the posts of a pergola. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Police: $10,000 in mature vines cut off business' pergola," 29 June 2018 Clark carefully considered the direction of the pergola’s wood slats, spaced just so to provide shade for the patio but allow light to stream into the house. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Parents add a modern wing to their son’s Vermont farmhouse," 15 June 2018 And in the evening, white lights suspended from the pergola join with the stars overhead. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 great restaurants in Greendale, West Allis with outdoor seating (and some old favorites)," 14 June 2018 Trees and a roofed pergola provide shade; at night, the string lights come on. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 In addition to a beautiful indoor pool, residents at 1500 Locust have access to an adjacent outdoor roof deck with pergola and communal furniture. Shannon Rooney,, "One-bedroom apartments in Philly with access to impressive pools," 21 June 2018 The black clapboard backdrop of the addition renders the pergola, with its tubular steel frame painted vibrant red, even more striking. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Parents add a modern wing to their son’s Vermont farmhouse," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of pergola

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pergola

Italian, from Latin pergula

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