\ 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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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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Painting over brick can be an easy way to update the look of any exterior or interior space—just ask Eddie Ross, who used a coat of glossy white paint to help transform his house's old screened-in porch into a sunny garden room. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Painting Brick," 9 May 2019 The two-story house includes a basement, screened-in porch, living, dining and kitchen areas, three bedrooms, 2½ baths, two-car garage, and his and hers offices. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "Poconos weekend retreat becomes year-round home," 12 June 2018 The animal broke through a screened-in porch to enter the pool, homeowner Patricia Carver told WFLA. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Watch video of an 11-foot gator that takes a dip in a Florida family’s swimming pool | Miami Herald," 31 Mar. 2018 Zoey the cat strolls through her home in Avondale, nibbling on plants, nuzzling the legs of her family members and keeping an eye on songbirds from a sizable screened-in porch. Mary Colurso, AL.com, "Cool Spaces: This Avondale house is an artwork in progress, covering 1,800 square feet," 21 Feb. 2018 The driver, an 18-year-old woman, kept going, narrowly avoided a streetlight pole and appeared to crash into a home's fenced-in front porch near 13th Street and West Euclid Avenue in Milwaukee. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Latest crash in Greenfield raises police frustration with more drivers refusing to pull over," 20 Feb. 2018 Within a week of adopting Redford, my front porch (and life) had become a makeshift shrine to Chewy. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "This $16 Pouch Is Like a Diaper Bag for Dog Moms," 15 Mar. 2019 Its decks, porches, and gardens offer expansive views of the shoreline and coastal hills. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Big Sur Blends Rustic Charm With Sleek Design," 12 Feb. 2019 Moments later, a gang of his friends make our porch and roof their jungle gym, screeching and swinging from every surface. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 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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