ve·​ran·​da | \ və-ˈran-də How to pronounce veranda (audio) \
variants: or verandah

Definition of veranda

: a usually roofed open gallery or portico attached to the exterior of a building

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whiling away the afternoon from the inn's wide veranda
Recent Examples on the Web After his uncle exchanged pleasantries with the staff, who all greeted him with obsequious bows, they were led to the veranda, which looked out on the elaborate gardens, another legacy from the club's founding at the height of the British Raj. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part V: Sailing Into Darkness," 23 Feb. 2021 The ladies walk out onto the veranda and take in Bolo in all his glory writhing in a glass box. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: How Bolo Can You Go?," 21 Feb. 2021 The grounds feature views, a pool and spa, a covered veranda with a fireplace and plentiful entertaining space. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents 2-acre estate in Frisco," 6 Feb. 2021 The grounds feature a pool and spa, a covered veranda with a fireplace and plentiful space for entertaining. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents 2-acre estate in gated Frisco community," 26 Dec. 2020 The men on the veranda and the little maid in the side yard hear Pianon give a loud cry. Andrea Lee, The New Yorker, "The Rivals," 28 Dec. 2020 The ship has 465 state rooms, each with a private veranda and free Wi-Fi. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Viking Is Planning an Epic 28-country World Cruise for 2022," 21 Dec. 2020 Lena dashed out to the veranda, begging him to stop. Suzanne Hirt, USA Today, "Her husband beat her. Caseworkers ‘pushed her to the edge.’," 17 Dec. 2020 And then there’s the rooftop moti (pearl) room, with a private veranda that offers views of the Old City and the early 18th-century Nahargarh Fort in the distance. New York Times, "A Hotel That Pays Tribute to Rajasthani Arts and Crafts," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of veranda

1711, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for veranda

borrowed perhaps via an Indo-Portuguese creole from Portuguese varanda, akin to Spanish baranda "railing" (earlier, "balcony, floor of a building"), Catalan barana "railing," Old Occitan baranda "barrier, barricade," all going back to *varanda "enclosing barrier, the area enclosed," of obscure origin; reinforced by Hindi & Urdu baraṇḍā "roofed gallery," Marathi varãḍ, varãḍā "parapet," in part borrowed from Portuguese varanda and English veranda, in part going back to Sanskrit varaṇḍaka- "mound of earth, rampart separating two fighting elephants," varaṇḍa- "partition wall"

Note: An Anglo-Indian word, most of the early evidence for which is cited in Yule and Burnell's Hobson-Jobson (2nd edition 1903) and the Oxford English Dictionary. The superficial similarity in form and meaning of the Romance and Indo-Aryan words is striking enough that the Romance scholar Joan Coromines attempted to connect them, positing an Indo-European substratal noun as the source of both, to which he added Lithuanian (Žemaitian dialect) varanda "loop plaited from flexible twigs" (Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico). It is questionable, however, if the original meanings of the three etyma are really closely comparable, so that the phonetic likeness may simply be coincidence. The Romance word has been connected with Spanish and Portuguese vara "rod, pole" and other progeny of Latin vāra "forked pole," but, as Coromines points out, the deverbal suffix -anda would require the existence of an otherwise unknown verb *varar; other Romance forms descended from a variant *varandia/varania (see Coromines) make such a hypothesis even less likely.

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“Veranda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of veranda

: a long, open structure on the outside of a building that has a roof


variants: or verandah \ və-​ˈran-​də \

Kids Definition of veranda

: a long porch extending along one or more sides of a building

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