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[pur-guh-luh] /ˈpɜr gə lə/
an arbor formed of horizontal trelliswork supported on columns or posts, over which vines or other plants are trained.
a colonnade having the form of such an arbor.
Origin of pergola
1645-55; < Italian < Latin pergula projecting roof, arbor Unabridged
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  • The pergola is eight feet wide and ten feet high, is easy to build and very effective.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • By much circumambulation the two girls reached the pergola unseen.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • And sometimes the lines of a house or building may be better carried by a rose arch or vine arch without the expense of a pergola.

  • As a covering for the pergola attached to the house it is unrivalled.

    Amateur Gardencraft Eben E. Rexford
  • Our ramblers did their duty well, but the grape arbour and the pergola would not be covered properly in a season.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires Walter Prichard Eaton
  • No one, no matter how small their grounds, need deny themselves a pergola.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • When the two at the end of the pergola began talking, it was strangely enough about the affair of the Syrian girl.

    The Butterfly House Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • This necessitates the planning of a summer house, arbor or pergola.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • After breakfast she pinned the little nosegay 156 to her middy and went down to the pergola.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Then, when we get things to rightswe will be pleasedahemtoahemmeet you at the pergola, ladies!

British Dictionary definitions for pergola


a horizontal trellis or framework, supported on posts, that carries climbing plants and may form a covered walk
Word Origin
C17: via Italian from Latin pergula projection from a roof, from pergere to go forward
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Word Origin and History for pergola

latticework structure for climbing plants, 1670s, from Italian pergola, from Latin pergula "school, lecture room; projecting roof, vine arbor," of uncertain origin; perhaps from pergere "to come forward."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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