\ 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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The post will offer individual replacement flags and window or porch sets. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 19 June 2019 Additional features include an inviting covered front porch with non-skid porcelain tile entry, finished garage space for three cars with extensive storage cabinetry, workbench and utility sink, surround sound, and security cameras. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Hilltop location with panoramic views in Dublin," 18 June 2019 Kate stood at the Galilee porch of the chapel as the parade of Knights passed by. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Is Elegant in Black-and-White Look to Support Prince William at Order of the Garter," 17 June 2019 Veterans Memorial Park, 3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Avon Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Larchmere PorchFest This neighborhood music fest features 30 bands on 30 porches. cleveland.com, "12 things to do in Cleveland on Father’s Day weekend," 15 June 2019 Someone entered a rear enclosed porch at a home in the 1100 block of Fair Oaks Avenue and stole a 32-inch television valued at $100 between 6 p.m. June 7 and 2:30 a.m. June 8. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park police: Man steals package out of USPS mail truck," 14 June 2019 The home also features two covered porches and a saltwater pool. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: This $745K home is a secluded gem just 15 minutes south of Downtown," 14 June 2019 Lake Lodge Cabins: Not far from the Lake Yellowstone Hotel is another set of charming historic cabins with front porches and rocking chairs. Niloufer Venkatraman, National Geographic, "6 can’t-miss stops in Yellowstone National Park," 13 June 2019 As a welcome addition to any home, the blend of cobalt with ink blue promotes calmness in any room, door, or porch. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "PPG Paints Reveals 2020 Color of the Year," 11 June 2019

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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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