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[vuh-ran-duh] /vəˈræn də/
Also, verandah. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a large, open porch, usually roofed and partly enclosed, as by a railing, often extending across the front and sides of a house; gallery.
Origin of veranda
1705-15; < Hindi baraṇḍā, barāmdā < Persian bar āmadaḥ coming out (unless the Hindi word is < Portuguese varanda, Spanish baranda railing, balustrade; cf. bar1) Unabridged
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  • In the doorway of the dining room she paused to look back at the veranda.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • It was well built and comfortable, and each chamber had a veranda in front of it.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • The rear wall has a door opening on a veranda, beyond which is seen a landscape.

    Creditors; Pariah August Strindberg
  • They were standing in one corner of the veranda of the Royal Poinciana.

  • He sat just in the middle of the top step of the veranda, and his air was that of an endowed and settled institution.

    Gentle Julia Booth Tarkington
  • We worked until we were driven from the veranda by the flames.

    Down South Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for veranda


a porch or portico, sometimes partly enclosed, along the outside of a building
(NZ) a canopy sheltering pedestrians in a shopping street
Derived Forms
verandaed, verandahed, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Portuguese varanda railing; related to Hindi varandā railing
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Word Origin and History for veranda

1711, from Hindi varanda, which probably is from Portuguese varanda, originally "long balcony or terrace," of uncertain origin, possibly related to Spanish baranda "railing," and ultimately from Vulgar Latin *barra "barrier, bar." French véranda is borrowed from English.

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