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[pawrch, pohrch] /pɔrtʃ, poʊrtʃ/
an exterior appendage to a building, forming a covered approach or vestibule to a doorway.
a veranda.
the Porch, the portico or stoa in the agora of ancient Athens, where the Stoic philosopher Zeno of Citium and his followers met.
Obsolete. a portico.
Origin of porch
1250-1300; Middle English porche < Old French < Latin porticus porch, portico
Related forms
porchless, adjective
porchlike, adjective
underporch, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for porch
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  • I would have it like the porch—not of Bethesda, but of heaven itself.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Once again his eyes were like Tillie's, as she had waved good-bye from the porch.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Bill was scrubbing the porch, and a farmhand was gathering bottles from the grass into a box.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He recognized K., and, mopping dry a part of the porch, shoved a chair on it.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He limped up the hill to her, and sat down on the top step of the porch.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for porch


a low structure projecting from the doorway of a house and forming a covered entrance
(US & Canadian) an exterior roofed gallery, often partly enclosed; veranda
Word Origin
C13: from French porche, from Latin porticus portico
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Word Origin and History for porch

c.1300, "covered entrance," from Old French porche "porch, vestibule," from Latin porticus "covered gallery, covered walk between columns, arcade, portico, porch," from porta "gate, entrance, door" (see port (n.2)). The Latin word was borrowed directly into Old English as portic.

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