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


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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And a luxury condo wouldn’t be complete without a robust amenities package, including a rooftop lounge with grills and fire pits, a fitness center, and a yoga studio with a 3,000-square-foot veranda. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "An Apartment in This Dramatic Tower in Long Island City is Your Next Investment," 26 July 2019 The master suite boasts a veranda, luxury bath and his and hers walk-in closets., "Libertyville home with coach house: $1.9M," 20 July 2019 Clemmer said the hotel takes precautions to try and keep bears away, including a rule prohibiting food on the veranda. Jaclyn Reiss,, "Even this bear thinks the sunrise over Mount Washington is beautiful," 9 July 2019 Near the gate to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Engagi Lodge ( features decked cabins and an open dining veranda that look directly into the misty forest home to gorillas. Tom Hanscom, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wildlife rebound in Uganda," 11 July 2019 Sam Geesaman, a bellman at the hotel in Bretton Woods, shot the photos after seeing the bear on the eastern veranda of the resort around 5 a.m. June 29, said Craig Clemmer, the hotel’s marketing director. Jaclyn Reiss,, "Even this bear thinks the sunrise over Mount Washington is beautiful," 9 July 2019 Each al fresco luncheon takes place on the front and side veranda of the villa and features its own unique menu and an informal fashion show. Steven Wayne Yvaska, The Mercury News, "Bay Area summer collectibles events from Moss Landing to Niles," 4 July 2019 The exterior of the home features a memorable veranda that wraps around three sides of the house. Matt Mcnulty,, "The Iconic Victorian House From Stepmom Is for Sale in New York for $3.75 Million," 21 June 2019 In an Instagram post, Upton posed with Verlander and their seven-month-old baby, Genevieve, on the veranda their vacation abode. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Kate Upton celebrates her birthday at Goodnight Charlie's, Good Thyme Farm," 11 June 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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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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