\ 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 climax of the evening was when Peter fired a blank from a small cannon, of the type used to signal the start for yacht races, off the back-porch steps. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "My Friend Dorothea Benton Frank," 11 Sep. 2019 Or the guy who’s been on the same front porch for nearly 90 years, who never had kids of his own but helped raise generations of Washingtonians? Washington Post, "Who will tell the stories of old D.C. when everyone’s new?," 10 Sep. 2019 The hotel dates to 1887 and is famous for its sweeping 660-foot front porch, the longest in the world. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has been sold," 10 Sep. 2019 All homes are designed with deep porches that open onto the community green, a courtyard and gathering space. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield parents propose a residential facility for people living with disabilities, like their daughter," 6 Sep. 2019 Here’s an idea: Joe Biden should run a front-porch campaign. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Biden’s Best Bet Is a Front-Porch Campaign," 30 Aug. 2019 Amazon is particularly interested in the technology as the company tries to stop neighborhood porch thieves who steal package deliveries. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Ring and its doorbell cameras have partnered with over 400 police departments," 29 Aug. 2019 The central door, found on the farmer’s porch, is the entrance to the oldest section of the Charles McIntosh House. John Ellement, Boston.com Real Estate, "Home of the Week: Farmhand quarters serve as office suite in Needham antique," 21 Aug. 2019 Two of West Hills Homes Northwest’s new houses are on the Street of Dreams tour: A French country house with a striking copper porch roof (read about La Maison) and a modern farmhouse named The Meadow. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams: Modern farmhouse has high-tech features," 16 Aug. 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


\ ˈpȯrch How to pronounce porch (audio) \

Kids Definition of porch

: a covered entrance to a building usually with a separate roof

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