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

Origin of porch

1250–1300; Middle English porche < Old French < Latin porticus porch, portico
Related formsporch·less, adjectiveporch·like, adjectiveun·der·porch, noun
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Related Words for porch

stoop, deck, portico, balcony, veranda

Examples from the Web for porch

Contemporary Examples of porch

Historical Examples of porch

  • I would have it like the porch—not of Bethesda, but of heaven itself.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Once again his eyes were like Tillie's, as she had waved good-bye from the porch.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He recognized K., and, mopping dry a part of the porch, shoved a chair on it.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Bill was scrubbing the porch, and a farmhand was gathering bottles from the grass into a box.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He limped up the hill to her, and sat down on the top step of the porch.

British Dictionary definitions for porch


  1. a low structure projecting from the doorway of a house and forming a covered entrance
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for porch

c.1300, "covered entrance," from Old French porche "porch, vestibule," from Latin porticus "covered gallery, covered walk between columns, arcade, portico, porch," from porta "gate, entrance, door" (see port (n.2)). The Latin word was borrowed directly into Old English as portic.

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