\ ˈpȯrch \

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 {amp} 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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In one memorable lesson, my uncle stood on the porch during a thunderstorm and called us outside to listen to the crash of thunderclaps. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 Though Brianna’s feeding tube was nearly empty when police arrived at the home, six boxes of formula sat on the porch outside, the Post-Crescent reports. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Girl with Disabilities Suffered a 'Slow Death' from Her Mother's Neglect, Authorities Allege," 13 June 2018 Inside Angela Walker's LaPlace home on Wednesday afternoon (May 30), siblings, aunts, uncles, parents and a grandparent of Cameron Mack gathered on the porch and in the living room. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "'Tomorrow's not a promise': A family grapples with the loss of a 4-year-old girl and her father," 30 May 2018 Homes are in the Midwestern architectural style, with porches and low fences between neighbors. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "'Agritopia'-inspired development in works for StoneRidge?," 12 July 2018 The floor apparently dropped out of the porch at 91-93 Campfield Ave. David Owens, courant.com, "Porch Collapse In Hartford Injures Several People, Including Children," 8 July 2018 Front porches and fluttering flags abound on cozy, tree-canopied streets, many one-way. Jay Levin, New York Times, "Ridgefield Park, N.J.: A 21st-Century Mayberry," 4 July 2018 The Post will offer individual replacement flags and window or porch sets and all prices are slightly over cost. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 2 July 2018 Victor Maldonado, 26, and Joshua Riles, 29, had been chatting on the second floor porch of Riles’s apartment two doors down from the site of the explosion. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Fire officials investigating house explosion in Houston's Second Ward," 29 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of porch

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

: 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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