porter

noun (1)
por·ter | \ˈpȯr-tər \

Definition of porter 

(Entry 1 of 9)

chiefly British

: a person stationed at a door or gate to admit or assist those entering

porter

noun (2)

Definition of porter (Entry 2 of 9)

1 : a person who carries burdens especially : one employed to carry baggage for patrons at a hotel or transportation terminal

2 : a parlor-car or sleeping-car attendant who waits on passengers and makes up berths

3 [ short for porter's beer ] : a heavy dark brown beer brewed from browned or charred malt

4 : a person who does routine cleaning (as in a hospital or office)

porter

verb
portered; portering; porters

Definition of porter (Entry 3 of 9)

transitive verb

: to transport or carry as or as if by a porter

intransitive verb

: to act as a porter

Porter

biographical name (1)
Por·ter | \ˈpȯr-tər \

Definition of Porter (Entry 4 of 9)

Cole Albert 1891–1964 American songwriter

Porter

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Definition of Porter (Entry 5 of 9)

David 1780–1843 and his son David Dixon 1813–1891 American naval officers

Porter

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Definition of Porter (Entry 6 of 9)

Gene 1868–1924 née Stratton American novelist

Porter

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Definition of Porter (Entry 7 of 9)

Katherine Anne 1890–1980 American writer

Porter

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Definition of Porter (Entry 8 of 9)

Noah 1811–1892 American philosopher and lexicographer

Porter

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Definition of Porter (Entry 9 of 9)

William Sydney 1862–1910 pseudonym O. Henry \(ˈ)ō-ˈhen-rē \ American short-story writer

First Known Use of porter

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1609, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for porter

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin portarius, from Latin porta gate — more at port

Noun (2)

Middle English portour, from Anglo-French porteour, from Late Latin portator, from Latin portare to carry — more at fare

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porter

noun
por·ter | \ˈpȯr-tər \

Kids Definition of porter

1 : a person whose job is to carry baggage (as at a hotel)

2 : a person whose job is helping passengers on a train

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