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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 In Mexico, children often put shoes out on the porch in return for presents. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Puerto Ricans celebrate Three Kings Day," 5 Jan. 2020 Her family, including Mya, saw her body with multiple gunshots on the porch. Hannah Dellinger, Houston Chronicle, "New details emerge in Christmas Eve domestic violence murder," 29 Dec. 2019 His mother, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, had been sitting on the porch when a laughing couple with a baby walked by on the street. Karina Bland, azcentral, "The Phoenix Boys Choir set his life right. Now he wants others to hear the same song," 25 Dec. 2019 Mexican silk-and-cotton shawls called rebozos are layered atop the leather-and-wood chairs known as equipales on the porch. Elisabeth Malkin, ELLE Decor, "See Inside an Idyllic Retreat in Northern Mexico," 18 Dec. 2019 The garage has no connection with the events of Emmett Till’s murder but restoration was justified on the specious grounds that people may have sat on the porch discussing it (which is unlikely: locals ignored the story for decades). The Economist, "Memories of Emmett Till," 14 Nov. 2019 The cause of the fire remained under investigation Tuesday, but is believed to have started on the back porch and moved toward the house, Scipione said. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Fire official: Man rescued from basement of burning house in Niles," 6 Nov. 2019 Tim offered a different story, saying her son was seated and didn’t curse the officers, and that there was no weapon on the porch. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Mother of man killed by San Leandro police disputes officers’ version of events," 13 June 2019 Millions of units later and a $1 billion sale to Amazon, Ring changed lives for many people, helping them curb porch pirates and scare away other potential criminals. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Top gadgets of the decade," 28 Dec. 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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19 Jan 2020

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“Porch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porch. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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