patio

[pat-ee-oh, pah-tee-oh]
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noun, plural pat·i·os.
  1. an area, usually paved, adjoining a house and used as an area for outdoor lounging, dining, etc.
  2. a courtyard, especially of a house, enclosed by low buildings or walls.

Origin of patio

1820–30, Americanism; < Spanish, Old Spanish: courtyard, perhaps orig. open area; compare Medieval Latin patium meadow, pasturage, perhaps derivative of Latin *patitus, past participle of patēre to lie open. See patent
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Related Words for patio

courtyard, balcony, deck, veranda

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Contemporary Examples of patio

Historical Examples of patio

  • It was twilight when the body was brought down from the upper room to the patio.

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    Hall Caine

  • It was a strange procession which then passed out of the patio.

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    Hall Caine

  • He rose up and fled out of the patio into his own room, to bury his swimming face.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • Quaking, reeling, almost falling, she came tottering down the patio.

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    Hall Caine

  • When Ben Aboo came to himself the patio was aglow with flames.

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British Dictionary definitions for patio

patio

noun plural -os
  1. an open inner courtyard, esp one in a Spanish or Spanish-American house
  2. an area adjoining a house, esp one that is paved and used for outdoor activities

Word Origin for patio

C19: from Spanish: courtyard
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Word Origin and History for patio
n.

1818, "inner court open to the sky," from Spanish patio probably from Old Provençal patu, pati "untilled land, communal pasture," from Latin pactum "agreement" (see pact). Another theory traces the Spanish word to Latin patere "to lie open." Meaning "paved and enclosed terrace beside a building" first recorded 1941. Patio furniture is attested from 1969.

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