[ 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 formsporch·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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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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