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[pat-ee-oh, pah-tee-oh] /ˈpæt iˌoʊ, ˈpɑ tiˌoʊ/
noun, plural patios.
an area, usually paved, adjoining a house and used as an area for outdoor lounging, dining, etc.
a courtyard, especially of a house, enclosed by low buildings or walls.
Origin of patio
1820-30, Americanism; < Spanish, Old Spanish: courtyard, perhaps orig. open area; compare Medieval Latin patium meadow, pasturage, perhaps derivative of Latin *patitus, past participle of patēre to lie open. See patent Unabridged
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  • Ben Aboo had tried to follow them, but he had been killed in the alcove of the patio.

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  • The cibolero had indicated a spot from which part of the patio, or courtyard, was visible.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • They are the guests expected, for whom the spare horses stand saddled in the patio.

  • The other way only led into the patio, already filling with men.

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  • This is the dancing place, or patio, on which he performs his religious exercises, and he may have more than one.

  • She stepped forward to the parapet that overlooked the patio.

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British Dictionary definitions for patio


noun (pl) -os
an open inner courtyard, esp one in a Spanish or Spanish-American house
an area adjoining a house, esp one that is paved and used for outdoor activities
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: courtyard
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Word Origin and History for patio

1818, "inner court open to the sky," from Spanish patio probably from Old Provençal patu, pati "untilled land, communal pasture," from Latin pactum "agreement" (see pact). Another theory traces the Spanish word to Latin patere "to lie open." Meaning "paved and enclosed terrace beside a building" first recorded 1941. Patio furniture is attested from 1969.

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