porch

noun
\ ˈpȯrch How to pronounce porch (audio) \

Definition of porch

1 : a covered area adjoining an entrance to a building and usually having a separate roof
2 obsolete : portico

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Synonyms for porch

Synonyms

gallery [Southern & Midland], lanai, piazza [dialect], stoop, veranda (or verandah)

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Examples of porch in a Sentence

The house has a large front porch. vacationers relaxing on the inn's spacious front porch

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Within a week of adopting Redford, my front porch (and life) had become a makeshift shrine to Chewy. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "This $16 Pouch Is Like a Diaper Bag for Dog Moms," 15 Mar. 2019 Its decks, porches, and gardens offer expansive views of the shoreline and coastal hills. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Big Sur Blends Rustic Charm With Sleek Design," 12 Feb. 2019 Moments later, a gang of his friends make our porch and roof their jungle gym, screeching and swinging from every surface. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 The couple said post office officials told Astaneh to stay away from her porch and windows when the mail was being delivered. Maria Cramer, BostonGlobe.com, "Facing off with the US Postal Service," 13 July 2018 The hydrophobic down and packability alone make this a bag that’s ready for adventures far past the front porch. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Therm-a-Rest's Hyperion Sleeping Bag Provides Tons of Warmth With Little Weight," 10 Mar. 2019 Plant them in pots on your patio, porch or balcony. Maureen Gilmer, sacbee, "For gorgeous blooms in the summer heat, you can’t beat lantanas," 22 June 2018 But according to the National Association of Home Builders, the front porch is coming back. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "A small but social spot: Trends in front-porch decorating," 26 Mar. 2019 Arrive early and enjoy a specialty cocktail, like the Cape May Mule, or stay a while after your meal and have a nightcap on the front porch. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Winter In Cape May, New Jersey," 10 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of porch

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for porch

Middle English porche, from Anglo-French, from Latin porticus portico, from porta gate; akin to Latin portus port — more at ford

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The first known use of porch was in the 14th century

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porch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of porch

US : a structure attached to the entrance of a building that has a roof and that may or may not have walls
British : an entrance to a building that has a separate roof

porch

noun
\ ˈpȯrch How to pronounce porch (audio) \

Kids Definition of porch

: a covered entrance to a building usually with a separate roof

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