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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A half-dozen men and boys huddled from the rain last Tuesday beneath a portico across the street from another, Catholic Church-run shelter on the other side of Tapachula. Dudley Althaus, ExpressNews.com, "Migration slows in Mexico. But will it last?," 23 June 2019 Before the two had dinner together Sunday at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., Trump took questions from reporters under the club portico’s ornate arches, with McCarthy standing beside him. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "Kevin McCarthy relishes role as Trump’s fixer, friend and candy man," 15 Jan. 2018 The theater itself, in historic Covent Garden, is one of the city's most magnificent buildings with its classical portico fronting Bow Street. Ramsay Short, Condé Nast Traveler, "24 Best Things to Do in London," 3 Mar. 2018 Gennerich reappears at his left side, and the group walks back across the portico. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "A newly discovered film shows Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had polio, walking," 27 June 2018 More than 20 other National Park sites also received funding, including a wastewater treatment plant at Yosemite National Park and the roof and portico of the Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Lara Korte, WSJ, "U.S. Grants $33 Million for Ellis Island Seawall," 6 June 2018 The Ranch’s front portico is littered with board shorts and jerseys, as athletes mingle around and the competition has the air of a family reunion where Slater cuts a patriarchal figure. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "How Kelly Slater took surfing out of the ocean and onto dry land," 3 July 2018 Donald Trump approached from the right, striding down the long portico at the colonial-era Singapore resort. Foster Klug, chicagotribune.com, "Trump and Kim’s 13-second handshake and what it meant to the world," 12 June 2018 Armed with his movie camera, Hill was apparently oblivious to the White House rules and pushed in behind a group of news cameramen to film FDR slowly walking along the mansion’s portico. James Rogers, Fox News, "Newly-discovered footage offers rare glimpse of FDR walking at the White House," 28 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of portico

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


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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