por·​ti·​co | \ ˈpȯr-ti-ˌkō How to pronounce portico (audio) \
plural porticoes or porticos

Definition of portico

: a colonnade or covered ambulatory especially in classical architecture and often at the entrance of a building

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Examples of portico in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the front of the home is a large arched portico with double columns and a front door underscored by sidelights. Karen A. Avitabile, Hartford Courant, 5 June 2022 North End whose congregation didn’t have the money to repair the worsening decay of its steeple and portico are now in line for a $1 million state grant for the project. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, 25 Mar. 2022 The front of the house has a two-story portico with a porch, two terraces and a Juliet balcony. Sarah Paynter, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Staking out a Rockville hotel for possible mid-afternoon prostitution, several vice detectives spotted what looked to be an unmarked police car parked near the portico. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 The University of Louisville’s law school is named for Brandeis, and his cremated remains are buried beneath the school’s portico. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 10 May 2022 As the play contemplates the question of language from several angles, the cube-like set, by Marsha Ginsberg, slowly rotates, offering in turn a street view of the building, the classroom interior and an entry portico. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2022 Clues here include four Ionic columns supporting the portico, multipaned windows and lintels decorated with acanthus leaves, rather than the keystone lintels of the Federal period. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2021 Steps off the circular driveway lead up to a portico supported by thick columns and protecting an arched double entry door. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of portico

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for portico

Italian, from Latin porticus — more at porch

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por·​ti·​co | \ ˈpȯr-ti-ˌkō How to pronounce portico (audio) \
plural porticoes or porticos

Kids Definition of portico

: a row of columns supporting a roof at the entrance of a building


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