veranda

noun
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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Synonyms for veranda

Synonyms

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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Flowers filled guests’ rooms and bunnies with bows adorned our New Orleans-style veranda. Vogue, "An Easter Weekend in the English Countryside With Alice Naylor-Leyland," 22 Apr. 2019 From the enchanting courtyard garden and breezy veranda to the beachcomber bikes on hand for guests, this quintessentially low-country hotel feels instantly like home. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "7 Dreamy Memorial Day Getaway Hotels To Book Now," 13 May 2019 The gold and white binnacle housed on the ship's veranda deck was originally part of the HMY Royal George, a royal yacht that served Queen Victoria. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Story Behind the Royal Family's Yacht, Britannia," 30 Sep. 2018 We 'Messelized' the great room with the use of coral stone on the walls, extending it to the veranda floors. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Designing a House with Island Spirit," 17 Mar. 2014 Sit outside on the veranda and order the Ambrosia Burger with its special sauce on steak roll bun. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Big Sur Blends Rustic Charm With Sleek Design," 12 Feb. 2019 My grandmother packed up the house, leaving behind the veranda and the garden and those Westerns under the stars, and moved the family to Ankara to be closer to family. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter To The Döner Kebab," 1 Oct. 2018 The stairway off the veranda was sometimes even converted into a waterslide for the younger royals. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Story Behind the Royal Family's Yacht, Britannia," 30 Sep. 2018 McKellen saw it as the perfect chance to light up a quick cigarette on the famous veranda. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Ian McKellen Admits He and Judi Dench Were Up to No Good at Buckingham Palace During a Dinner with Queen Elizabeth," 14 Nov. 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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veranda

noun

English Language Learners Definition of veranda

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

veranda

noun
ve·​ran·​da
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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