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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 Two flags were stolen from a front porch at a residence. Washington Post, "Southern Maryland crime report," 21 Oct. 2020 In Billy Madison, Billy and his friends leave a flaming bag of excrement on an elderly man's front porch as a cruel prank. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Adam Sandler Packed 'Hubie Halloween' With 'Billy Madison' Easter Eggs You Didn't Notice," 19 Oct. 2020 Officers surrounded a home and spotted Tyler Janovsky on a second-story porch. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Snowflakes and tears fall as Waseca, Minn., welcomes home heroic police officer," 19 Oct. 2020 That price includes a rainfall shower, cable TV, and the most adorable front porch. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "This Hudson Valley Hotel Offers Outdoor Movie Nights, Mountaintop Yoga, and Painting Classes," 18 Oct. 2020 Overlooking a scenic ravine, the cabin offers a porch, sliding doors, wooden bunk beds and a fold-down bistro with a small table and two chairs. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Camp in a ‘tree house’ or gaze at the stars in the Fall sky: Valley Views," 18 Oct. 2020 In Lake County last year, a foster couple was accused of holding down a teenage girl with their body weight, throwing her belongings onto the porch and then kicking her out of their home. USA Today, "Database: Track foster parents and caregivers accused of abuse and neglect," 16 Oct. 2020 David left the apartment during the fight and stood in the driveway while Ocasio continued to argue with him from a second-floor porch. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Waterbury man wanted for July murder captured in Orlando, Florida," 14 Oct. 2020 Slightly further in there is a prefabricated house, and from the porch flies a Confederate flag. Julia Jones, CNN, "Inside the plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer," 11 Oct. 2020

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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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27 Oct 2020

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“Porch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porch. Accessed 29 Oct. 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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