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

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Porch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porch. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ˈpōrch How to pronounce porch (audio)
: a covered entrance to a building usually with a separate roof

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