[ pur-guh-luh ]
/ ˈpɜr gə lə /


an arbor formed of horizontal trelliswork supported on columns or posts, over which vines or other plants are trained.
a colonnade having the form of such an arbor.

Origin of pergola

1645–55; < Italian < Latin pergula projecting roof, arbor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pergola


/ (ˈpɜːɡələ) /


a horizontal trellis or framework, supported on posts, that carries climbing plants and may form a covered walk

Word Origin for pergola

C17: via Italian from Latin pergula projection from a roof, from pergere to go forward
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