\ 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


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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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 Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said investigators learned that children had set off fireworks on the porch in the past and that people had smoked cigarettes there. Fox News, "Cigarettes and fireworks may have caused Chicago apartment that killed 9, authorities say," 28 Aug. 2018 But inside laughter can be heard, too, lamented Heather Duckworth, who snapped a photo of shoes piled up on the front porch in a Facebook post that has been shared 97,000 times. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Mom's '18th Summer' viral post shows heartache of an impending empty nest," 2 July 2018 Williams also allegedly shot three people who were sitting on a porch in the 1900 block of St. Roch Avenue, then shot a man in the face in the 1400 block of North Derbigny and stole his Ford Taurus. Heather Nolan, NOLA.com, "Man accused in April crime spree that left 1 dead pleads not guilty to 39 felony charges," 23 May 2018 There’s nothing like sitting on the porch in summer, sipping sweet tea, and listening to the sound of bees. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "How Often Should You Really Be Mowing Your Lawn?," 30 Apr. 2018 Attack on beloved dog Becky Snodgrass was chatting with an elderly neighbor on the latter’s front porch in Terrell Heights when the woman’s family dog escaped or was let out of the backyard. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Fear of dogs can last long after an attack," 27 Jan. 2018 Or for narrower porches, Opalhouse’s outdoor wicker chairs may be worth a look. Kim Cook, The Seattle Times, "A small but social spot: Trends in front-porch decorating," 26 Mar. 2019 March has finally arrived, and with it comes the promise of more sunshine (thank you, Daylight Saving Time), porch-sitting weather, and the chance to beautify your backyard. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "These March Bucket List Ideas Will Get You So Ready for Spring," 1 Mar. 2019

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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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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


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Kids Definition of porch

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

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