ve·​ran·​da | \və-ˈran-də \
variants: or verandah

Definition of veranda 

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

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Synonyms for veranda


gallery [Southern & Midland], lanai, piazza [dialect], porch, stoop

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Examples of veranda in a Sentence

whiling away the afternoon from the inn's wide veranda

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Tuck into an 800-square-foot villa suite at The Villas at The San Luis, which has a king-size bed, a large bathroom, a living room, plus a private veranda with a hot tub and three—yes, three!—TVs. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 According to the hotel's website and The Telegraph, the cabin, which costs up to £5,000 (or $6,627) per night, features a conservatory, a veranda, two fireplaces, a great room, a terrace with a barbecue, six bedrooms and six bathrooms. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Honeymoon Destination," 29 May 2018 As a bonus, the clubhouse — with its French doors, white coffered ceiling and charming veranda — might be the finest of any public course in the country. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 metro Detroit public golf courses for 2018," 6 July 2018 Photo by Chaos Z Via Dezeen Photo by Chaos Z Via Dezeen The veranda that wraps around the house is supported by steel structural columns that give the house a warm but utilitarian feel. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Traditional courtyard house gets a modern update," 5 July 2018 Non-golf attractions: spa and pool complex, shopping in quaint nearby towns, available skeet-shooting and fishing and a chance to read in a rocking chair on the famous veranda. John Paul Newport, WSJ, "The New Golf Vacation: Quicker, Easier and More Fun," 31 May 2018 Sip mimosas on the veranda afterward while taking in the afternoon sunshine. Bethany Ao,, "How to celebrate Mother's Day in Philadelphia," 9 May 2018 The menu, which changes approximately every six months, is always Italian-inspired and best when enjoyed on the lush veranda. Céline Bossart, Town & Country, "The Complete Travel Guide to Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas," 30 Nov. 2017 Four nights in a cabin with veranda were priced at $299 per person, plus taxes and fees. Alex Pulaski,, "Seeking a short cruise that's a bargain to boot? Check out repositioning trips, available as lines shift their ships to other ports," 20 June 2018

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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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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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