porter

1
[ pawr-ter, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr- /

noun

a person hired to carry burdens or baggage, as at a railroad station or a hotel.
a person who does cleaning and maintenance work in a building, factory, store, etc.
an attendant in a railroad parlor car or sleeping car.

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Origin of porter

1
1350–1400; Middle English, variant of portour<Middle French porteour<Late Latin portātōr- (stem of portātor). See port5, -or2

Definition for porter (2 of 4)

porter2
[ pawr-ter, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr- /

noun

a person who has charge of a door or gate; doorkeeper.
Roman Catholic Church. ostiary (def. 1).

Origin of porter

2
1250–1300; Middle English <Anglo-French <Late Latin portārius gatekeeper. See port4, -er2

Definition for porter (3 of 4)

porter3
[ pawr-ter, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr- /

noun

a heavy, dark-brown ale made with malt browned by drying at a high temperature.

Origin of porter

3
First recorded in 1720–30; short for porter's ale, apparently originally brewed for porters

Definition for porter (4 of 4)

Porter
[ pawr-ter, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr- /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for porter (1 of 4)

porter1
/ (ˈpɔːtə) /

noun

a person employed to carry luggage, parcels, supplies, etc, esp at a railway station or hotel
(in hospitals) a person employed to move patients from place to place
US and Canadian a railway employee who waits on passengers, esp in a sleeper
East African a manual labourer

Word Origin for porter

C14: from Old French portour, from Late Latin portātōr, from Latin portāre to carry

British Dictionary definitions for porter (2 of 4)

porter2
/ (ˈpɔːtə) /

noun

mainly British a person in charge of a gate or door; doorman or gatekeeper
a person employed by a university or college as a caretaker and doorkeeper who also answers enquiries
a person in charge of the maintenance of a building, esp a block of flats
Also called: ostiary RC Church a person ordained to what was formerly the lowest in rank of the minor orders

Word Origin for porter

C13: from Old French portier, from Late Latin portārius doorkeeper, from Latin porta door

British Dictionary definitions for porter (3 of 4)

porter3
/ (ˈpɔːtə) /

noun

British a dark sweet ale brewed from black malt

Word Origin for porter

C18: shortened from porter's ale, apparently because it was a favourite beverage of porters

British Dictionary definitions for porter (4 of 4)

Porter
/ (ˈpɔːtə) /

noun

Cole. 1893–1964, US composer and lyricist of musical comedies. His most popular songs include Night and Day and Let's do It
George, Baron Porter of Luddenham. 1920–2002, British chemist, who shared a Nobel prize for chemistry in 1967 for his work on flash photolysis
Katherine Anne. 1890–1980, US short-story writer and novelist. Her best-known collections of stories are Flowering Judas (1930) and Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1939)
Rodney Robert. 1917–85, British biochemist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1972 for determining the structure of an antibody
William Sidney. original name of O. Henry
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Medical definitions for porter

Porter
[ pôrtər ]
Rodney Robert 1917-1985

British biochemist. He shared a 1972 Nobel Prize for his research on the chemical structure and nature of antibodies.
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Scientific definitions for porter

Porter
[ pôrtər ]
Rodney Robert 1917-1985

British biochemist who shared with George Edelman the 1972 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for their study of the chemical structure of antibodies.
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