per·​go·​la ˈpər-gə-lə How to pronounce pergola (audio) pər-ˈgō- How to pronounce pergola (audio)
: a structure usually consisting of parallel colonnades supporting an open roof of girders and cross rafters

Examples of pergola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also a restaurant and bar, an indoor/outdoor spa with five treatment rooms, infinity-edge swimming pool, a yoga pavilion, meandering pathways leading to hidden pergolas, a helipad, and per the listing, the opportunity for the new owner to add 16 more villas. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2024 The work outside Tran’s home entailed stripping every living thing out of the old backyard, adding pavers underneath a preexisting pergola, laying down artificial turf, and installing a perimeter of drought-resistant plants with a self-watering irrigation system. Rachel Kurzius, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 These locations will offer an immersive shopping experience with cafes and relaxing elements like beach cabins and pergolas with other beach-like decor. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 1 Apr. 2024 Benches, a pergola, and a vegetable garden allow for togetherness, while a big tree at the property’s edge provides a private haven where one client rests. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Mar. 2024 There’s also an upper-level patio, which is ideal for al fresco lounging and entertaining with a pergola holding a kitchen and barbecue setup, an inviting fireplace and a custom wood daybed shaded by colorful metal palm leaves. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 The home with four bedrooms and five bathrooms comes with 12-foot ceilings, a primary suite with a fireplace, a loft with a balcony and a covered pergola. The Arizona Republic, 29 Jan. 2024 Even at its smallest, the yard has room for outdoor dining, a spa with a pergola, sitting areas, and water and fire features. Lew Sichelman, Miami Herald, 26 Feb. 2024 Outdoors, there’s a deck with a seating area under a steel pergola, plus a two-car garage. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Italian, from Latin pergula

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pergola was in 1664

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“Pergola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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