- 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
Examples from the Web for patio
But when Summer comes around what I really do is spend a lot of time on the patio having cocktails.Our Doomed Love Affair with Summer
P. J. O’Rourke
August 30, 2014
A more conventional way of burning yourself over the summer involves that patio favorite, the outdoor grill.Fireworks, Lightning, Riding Lawnmowers and Other Summer Menaces
July 9, 2013
I oblige and we begin chain-smoking on the patio of the Trump International Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.Charlie Sheen On ‘Anger Management’, Lindsay Lohan, Partying & More
January 16, 2013
Officers said the couple reportedly stayed up late often relaxing on their patio.Police: Rodney King Found Dead in His Pool
June 17, 2012
It was twilight when the body was brought down from the upper room to the patio.
It was a strange procession which then passed out of the patio.
He rose up and fled out of the patio into his own room, to bury his swimming face.
Quaking, reeling, almost falling, she came tottering down the patio.
When Ben Aboo came to himself the patio was aglow with flames.
- 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 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.