\ 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 & 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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Investigators determined a firework ricocheted off of the second floor porch, igniting combustible materials and starting the fire, which spread to the second and third floors, the Department of Fire Servicessaid in a statement. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Fireworks started 3-alarm house fire in Lynn," 26 June 2018 Amy Mickelson, dressed in solid black like her husband, stood off the side of the pro shop porch. Beth Ann Nichols, USA TODAY, "Amy Mickelson: Phil Mickelson offered to withdraw from U.S. Open," 17 June 2018 According to prosecutors, surveillance cameras caught Bergman driving through Deerfield Township, collecting packages off of porches. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Woman convicted of stealing 12 packages after insanity defense fails," 14 June 2018 According to prosecutors, surveillance cameras caught Melissa Bergman, 30, driving through subdivisions in Deerfield Township collecting packages off of porches. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Mason woman found guilty of theft for stealing packages off porches in Deerfield Township," 13 June 2018 Part of the porch and a dining set quickly went up in flames. Scott Mclean, CNN, "Hawaii resident credits friend with saving his home from lava bombs," 25 May 2018 In between, slumping slugger Paul Goldschmidt connected for his first home run in more than a month, a 353-footer that took advantage of the short porch in left field. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Mets rally late as Diamondbacks’ free fall continues," 19 May 2018 The Gossens cleverly re-worked the layout of the house, which was built in the early 1900s, taking advantage of an unusually wide porch. Kadee Krieger, NOLA.com, "Rundown Marigny home renovated into weekend getaway and apartments," 17 May 2018 Much work will be done to the building, the former Indeblue, including a revamp of the signature porch, which will be a focal point. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Porch & Proper aims to bring romance to Collingswood," 10 May 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

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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