[ pawr-ti-koh, pohr- ]
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noun,plural por·ti·coes, por·ti·cos.
  1. a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers, usually attached to a building as a porch.

Origin of portico

1595–1605; <Italian <Latin porticus porch, portico. See port4

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/ (ˈpɔːtɪkəʊ) /

nounplural -coes or -cos
  1. a covered entrance to a building; porch

  2. a covered walkway in the form of a roof supported by columns or pillars, esp one built on to the exterior of a building

Origin of portico

C17: via Italian from Latin porticus porch

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