port·​hole ˈpȯrt-ˌhōl How to pronounce porthole (audio)
: an opening (such as a window) with a cover or closure especially in the side of a ship or aircraft
: a port through which to shoot

Examples of porthole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Accommodations range from standard porthole window rooms to private balconies in the staterooms. Stephanie Vermillion, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Apr. 2023 Still, the view from the porthole during the famed dive was something to behold, at least for a few fleeting minutes. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 Throughout the space, beautiful design touches — from the entrance desk porthole to the fanciful wire fish that swim above the guests — enhance but never overwhelm the space. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 26 Feb. 2024 The coach was painted red and had black and gold lettering, and the windows were portholes. Randy McCrory Vintage Bentonville, arkansasonline.com, 1 Feb. 2024 The flash assault on the explosion’s observers, including Oppenheimer iconically peering through a bunker’s porthole, had to be lit just so. Robert Strauss, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2024 Grand staterooms on the Lido deck offer unimpeded views to the sea through windows that open, while Deluxe and Superior staterooms have portholes. Helen Iatrou, Travel + Leisure, 30 Nov. 2023 That has included significant repairs such as rebuilding a bridge that washed away and installing more aesthetic elements like porthole kitchen windows, which Mr. Waller bought at a marine auction. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 All three were sailing along the Gulf of Mexico Saturday when a broken porthole started letting water into their boat and began damaging electronics, per a Coast Guard news release. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023

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Word History


port entry 2

First Known Use

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of porthole was in 1569

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“Porthole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porthole. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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port·​hole ˈpōrt-ˌhōl How to pronounce porthole (audio)
: an opening in the side of a ship or aircraft
: an opening to shoot through

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