\ ˈpȯrch How to pronounce porch (audio) \

Definition of porch

1 : a covered area adjoining an entrance to a building and usually having a separate roof
2 obsolete : portico

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Examples of porch in a Sentence

The house has a large front porch. vacationers relaxing on the inn's spacious front porch
Recent Examples on the Web Less dependent is a cat who appears on the porch one night, suspicious and hesitant. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 July 2022 Welcome guests to pull up a chair and stay awhile with comfortable furniture on the porch. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 Police found Cynthia Walker, 66, dead on the porch from a single gunshot to the head. Bruce Vielmetti, Journal Sentinel, 22 July 2022 Around the corner, the governor was back from a health policy conference on the island, watching as caterers set up a spread of food and drinks for a reception on the porch. Ruby Cramer, Washington Post, 9 July 2022 At least two people on the porch, including a juvenile, returned fire, police said. Fox News, 30 June 2022 There were two doors into the house: the front door, which was rarely used, and the side door, which was accessed by entering the screened porch where my stepfather’s wood was stacked against the wall. Mary Jo Bang, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 Sunlight and tree views stream in through a wall of windows in the dining room, where double-wide sliders open to a screened porch. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2022 Little chance of checking in to find that the screened porch smells of mildew. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of porch

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for porch

Middle English porche, from Anglo-French, from Latin porticus portico, from porta gate; akin to Latin portus port — more at ford

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5 Aug 2022

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“Porch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porch. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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: a covered entrance to a building usually with a separate roof

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