per·​go·​la | \ ˈpər-gə-lə How to pronounce pergola (audio) , pər-ˈgō- How to pronounce pergola (audio) \

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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And decorative archways, or pergolas, are meant to be both functional and fun to look at. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North Park Mini Park finally in the works for parking lot behind theater," 23 July 2019 The pergola-like structures each have two swings attached. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Here's how much Carmel's Midtown Plaza and its big screen TV cost taxpayers," 22 July 2019 There are other simple alternatives that do the trick just fine: First, use an umbrella, pergola, or other shade structure to keep the sun from shining directly on the hot tub during the day. Stacey Mckenna, azcentral, "Yes, you can still enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy during Arizona’s hottest months: Here’s how," 1 July 2019 The home sits on more than three acres of perfectly manicured gardens and lawns, a gazebo and pergola, plenty of shade trees, and a picturesque pool. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "The Georgia Mansion That Inspired “Gone With the Wind” Heads to Auction," 27 June 2019 Typical choices are against a wall, fence, trellis or pergola. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "How to grow fruit trees — even in a tiny Bay Area garden," 19 June 2019 Behind it, two lines of Doric pillars support a long pergola, recreated from pieces of the old. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Kresge mansion, one of Detroit's largest, is about to hit the market," 8 June 2019 Jeffers also will add a two-story deck and pergola in the church's rear parking lot. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Conversion of historic downtown Milwaukee St. James Church to event venue wins city approval," 10 July 2018 The house itself is simple and rustic; a small grove of orange trees and a shady pergola, dripping with plump grapes ripe for the picking, offer seductive shade in which to sip your aperitivo, lounge and catch up on holiday reading. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "Pistachio Pesto and Almond Granita: Skye McAlpine Discovers the Tastes of the Aeolian Islands," 23 Aug. 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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