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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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  • On their return Sing was setting the table on the verandah for the evening meal.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • He was selecting a table, when a step on the verandah made him look up.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • To the left, upon a verandah, was placed an immense prayer-cylinder.

  • "I'm sure there were," said a new voice, and Peter appeared on the verandah.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • FAY was still lying on her long chair in the verandah when Jan got in.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • On the verandah the gliding figures were engulfing Franklin; he had fallen.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
  • We had babies in the bungalow and on our verandah, babies everywhere.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • But he, too, in spite of his own good reason, moved on to the verandah with the rest.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • And he knew that the blind man had passed out on to the verandah.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • He had mounted the verandah and was making for the door of the house.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for verandah


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 verandah



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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