porch

[ pawrch, pohrch ]
/ pɔrtʃ, poʊrtʃ /

noun

an exterior appendage to a building, forming a covered approach or vestibule to a doorway.
a veranda.
the Porch, the portico or stoa in the agora of ancient Athens, where the Stoic philosopher Zeno of Citium and his followers met.
Obsolete. a portico.

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Origin of porch

1250–1300; Middle English porche<Old French <Latin porticus porch, portico

OTHER WORDS FROM porch

porchless, adjectiveporchlike, adjectiveun·der·porch, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for porch

porch
/ (pɔːtʃ) /

noun

a low structure projecting from the doorway of a house and forming a covered entrance
US and Canadian an exterior roofed gallery, often partly enclosed; veranda

Word Origin for porch

C13: from French porche, from Latin porticus portico
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