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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Recent Examples on the Web In the photos shared on social media, it has been edited to make the portico hanging lantern and several other lights around the White House appear to be off. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Democrats share altered ‘lights out’ photo of White House on social media," 2 June 2020 With a two-story glass atrium and soaring brushed metal portico, the clinic — whose patients are mostly poor and African American — has nearly twice as many exam rooms as the health center’s old location in a cramped storefront down the road. Los Angeles Times, "Along the Mississippi, Obamacare’s neglected legacy: civil rights," 11 May 2020 The 10,750-square-foot Lion House is known for its two carved lions flanking the entrance portico. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lion House, two other neighboring east side historic former mansions sold to Wisconsin Securities Partners," 28 Oct. 2019 Lubia said before the family fled, sitting under the portico where her mother was killed. Azam Ahmed, New York Times, "Women Are Fleeing Death at Home. The U.S. Wants to Keep Them Out.," 18 Aug. 2019 The sellers commissioned Bill Tull, a local artist and designer, to do a 1980s renovation that included the construction of an outdoor patio, entrance portico and sunroom. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$1.7 Million Homes in Wisconsin, Arizona and New Jersey," 4 Mar. 2020 Only its portico had been excavated when Nightingale visited. Michelle Green, New York Times, "A Nile Journey Guided by 19th-Century Women," 11 Nov. 2019 The researchers, who noted that the Romans used timber trading to build the empire, found that oak used for portico planks came from the Jura mountains in eastern France. Fox News, "Ancient Rome 'built on timber imported from more than 1,000 miles away,' study finds," 7 Dec. 2019 The main square is filled with Mexican families on holiday, laughing children running on the grass and buying balloons from street vendors, and couples sipping coffee from portico -covered cafes, serenaded by buskers. BostonGlobe.com, "Get yourself to Puebla, Mexico’s best-kept vacation secret, before the secret is out - The Boston Globe," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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“Portico.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portico. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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

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

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