\ ˈpȯrch How to pronounce porch (audio) \

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 Butterfield said the fire appeared to have started due to a problem with a barbecue smoker that was on the back porch behind the garage. BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2021 Lyn Glenn, the late senator’s daughter, watched parade floats go by Saturday from the front porch of her father’s childhood home. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 July 2021 His sister Evelyn Pickens came to the porch to meet him. Washington Post, 11 July 2021 The pandemic spawned a variety of free front porch, drive way and cul-de-sac concerts. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 July 2021 When the song ended and the applause faded, Williams slowly stepped to the edge of the porch. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, 9 July 2021 A few minutes later, Maike came back onto the porch with two long guns and sat down. Henri Hollis, ajc, 1 July 2021 While there are steps leading to the porch, there’s a wheelchair ramp on the side. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 28 June 2021 Best of all, perhaps, was the wide front porch across the front of the hotel, which offered rocking chairs and an instant sense of calm. Everett Potter, Forbes, 22 June 2021

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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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24 Jul 2021

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“Porch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porch. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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