\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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Some porches welcome plants and resemble solariums. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Latinos connect with Caribbean roots through ornate porch gates," 5 July 2018 People sat on chairs or lounged on blankets on both sides of the street, or watched from front porches and houses on Union as well as the University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital parking deck or the Havre de Grace Library. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace Independence Parade steps out on Union Ave.," 2 July 2018 The finished basement holds a guest suite and an entertainment area walking out to the back porch. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This modern Louisville-area farmhouse was designed with family in mind," 12 July 2018 The one-story house, built in 1923 on 30.71 acres, has three bedrooms, 1.5 baths and 1,435 square feet ($188 a square foot) plus a shop with utility buildings, metal carport and covered back porch. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "The most expensive homes in each of Oregon's counties (photos)," 12 June 2018 Be sure to avoid open structures such as porches, gazebos, baseball dugouts, and sports arenas. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lightning can cause wildfires — and death — in a flash," 8 July 2018 The couple’s rambling 1908 colonial, with its wraparound porch, is representative of the housing stock, 60 percent of which is at least a century old. Jay Levin, New York Times, "Ridgefield Park, N.J.: A 21st-Century Mayberry," 4 July 2018 Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County issues advisory for mosquito-borne disease," 3 July 2018 Summer annuals provide the perfect hues for Independence Day decoration in the garden, on a deck, porch, balcony or tabletop. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plant your red, white and blue," 3 July 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

: a structure attached to the entrance of a building that has a roof and that may or may not have walls

: 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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