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 The second floor has a master bedroom with a walk-in closet and a veranda., "Tudor-style home in Evanston near Lake Michigan: $2M," 19 Nov. 2019 More recently, in mid-2018, a five-month-old girl was snatched from a veranda while her mother worked in the kitchen. David Quammen, National Geographic, "‘I am scared all the time’: Chimps and people are clashing in rural Uganda," 8 Nov. 2019 His bedroom door was always locked, and when his grandmother stood on the veranda and peered through his window, he was invariably engrossed in an on-screen gunfight. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "He played for 72 hours straight: South Korea wrestles with video game addiction," 17 Oct. 2019 Just off the foyer are the formal living and dining rooms each with French door access to a covered veranda ideal to extend this entertaining space out into the fresh air. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: This classic, lovingly crafted home built by Branagh blends formality with all the comforts you desire," 21 Aug. 2019 The first level includes a study with a computer nook and a family room with a sliding glass door system that opens to the veranda. Dallas News, "Luxury residence by Alford Homes underway in Old Preston Hollow," 5 Jan. 2020 Snuggle into a plush bathrobe and rejuvenate with quiet time in your cabin; all accommodations are suites with big private balconies (even the smallest veranda has plenty of room to stretch and soak up the seascape). Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Five Best Cruises for a Post-Holiday Detox," 18 Dec. 2019 The administrator could hear the show from his veranda. Marissa J. Moorman, Quartz Africa, "How radio played a pivotal role in the anti-colonial struggle in Angola during the Cold War," 7 Dec. 2019 The Wenstrups started to celebrate, which caught the attention of some female friends of the Wenstrups who were eating lunch on the nearby clubhouse veranda. Ryan Nilsson,, "Longtime Hinsdale resident plays all 100 courses on 1989 Golf Digest list," 29 Sep. 2019

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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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29 Jan 2020

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“Veranda.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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