[ pawrch, pohrch ]
/ pɔrtʃ, poʊrtʃ /


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.

Origin of porch

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

Related forms

porch·less, adjectiveporch·like, adjectiveun·der·porch, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for porch


/ (pɔːtʃ) /


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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