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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The approximately $10-million revamp, completed in May and overseen by KFA Architects and Studio Preveza, also revealed a portico in the Commodore’s front entrance, hidden beneath stucco, and two basement units that had been barricaded. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, "Historic apartments get a new lease on life," 2 Aug. 2019 Standing under the portico that shields the church’s facade, Mr. Ristevsky took in the view of Lake Prespa on a recent day. Celestine Bohlen, New York Times, "Macedonians Restore an Ancient Church, With an Eye on the Future," 15 July 2019 That fall, Bitner agreed to repair eight columns on Smith’s portico for $28,000. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Texas appeals court reverses case after judge told lawyers to ‘hurry up’ — then ruled mid-trial," 15 July 2019 The underside of the curved portico stood more than 70 feet off the ground. Colleen Shalby, latimes.com, "It was the Coliseum’s mystery mural, until a teenage detective solved its 50-year puzzle," 12 July 2019 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

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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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