\ 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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Examples of porch in a Sentence

The house has a large front porch. vacationers relaxing on the inn's spacious front porch
Recent Examples on the Web Keep your patio, porch, or sunroom easy breezy with the Cassius Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan from Hunter. Tanya Edwards, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2022 Pots of flowers led up to the family’s front porch, where a table displayed photos of 17-year-old Bryan Galicia-Rodriguez alongside the East High student’s favorite snacks — Dr. Pepper & Cream Soda, Limón potato chips and Blue Heat Takis. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 Outside are a patio, porch, kitchen deck opening to a large walled garden, off-street parking, and Colonial Lake across the street. The Week Staff, The Week, 18 Sep. 2022 The backyard has a large flagstone patio for entertaining, a covered porch, a grilling area, a fountain and terraced landscaping. Kathy Orton, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 Ideal for anyone who doesn't want the muss and fuss of a wood fire, this gas fire table makes for a snazzy addition to a patio or porch. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 6 Sep. 2022 From hotel room album listening parties, kitchen dance floor album listening parties to driving on the [porch], windows down album listening parties. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2022 The owner went outside to find bundles of wood and a fire on his front porch, which was apparently set with chainsaw oil. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 27 July 2022 The two-story, 10,000-square-foot store, with its front porch, creaky wood floors and country-store theme, dominates a short thoroughfare just off Katonah’s mom-and-pop central retail strip. Anne Kadet, WSJ, 27 July 2022 See More

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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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4 Oct 2022

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“Porch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porch. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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

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