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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Examples of veranda in a Sentence

whiling away the afternoon from the inn's wide veranda
Recent Examples on the Web On the veranda of this rustic Long Island, New York, home, the teak table is by Barlow Tyrie, the wicker chairs are by RH, Restoration Hardware, and the antique wood chairs are from Ruby Beets. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 10 May 2022 The remains of a meal were on his veranda and in his garden were Russian military ration packs and empty bottles. Tim Judah, The New York Review of Books, 28 Apr. 2022 Several sets of French doors open to a spacious veranda with a dining area. Alison Gregor, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2022 This two-story classic colonial structure sits on a former sugar plantation and still features its original bi-level wraparound veranda. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2022 There is one long veranda at the rear of the house that connects the primary bedroom to the main living area, and three smaller decks and patios furnished with lounge chairs, dining areas, and conversation circles. Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, 15 Mar. 2022 Manfred taking a practice golf swing on a veranda at Roger Dean Stadium, sending the intended or unintended message that his short game may be of as much concern as the fate of the 2022 season. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2022 Across the canyon, the view from the veranda at the Grand Canyon Lodge makes for some of the best alfresco dining on the planet. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, 4 Dec. 2018 Nearby, private security guards didn’t seem to notice that a man had scaled the Campo’s walls and spread his belongings on a table underneath the adobe’s veranda. Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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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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