portico

noun
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 Nearby is a music room and paneled library with a double-leaf, wood door to a portico. oregonlive, 19 May 2021 Two pairs of columns support a broad portico flanking the double doors. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Platt modeled the semicircular portico after the one on the south side of the White House. cleveland, 9 Apr. 2021 The insurer’s original Neo-Classical Revival-style building remains a distinctive landmark with its two-story Ionic portico, low central dome. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 21 Mar. 2021 Tyler and other former law clerks stood vigil as Ginsburg lay in repose below the portico of the Supreme Court, before departing to become the first woman and the first Jewish person to lie in state at the Capitol. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 The iron bells in the 18th-century Chapel of San Miguel Arcángel thundered as the clock tower cracked and slid from its perch, crashing through the portico of the parish’s administrative offices. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2021 Authorities say the supercart survived the blast and the intervening centuries because it was stored in a portico. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 Mar. 2021 After the brief ceremony, Ginsburg's casket was placed at the front portico of the court for two days of public viewing, with appropriate social distancing to guard against the pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of portico was in 1607

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1 Jun 2021

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“Portico.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portico. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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portico

noun

English Language Learners Definition of portico

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

portico

noun
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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