- a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers, usually attached to a building as a porch.
Origin of portico
1595–1605; < Italian < Latin porticus porch, portico. See port4
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Examples from the Web for portico
In a few moments she joined him under the portico of the hotel.The Greater Inclination
With regard to the fluted pillars in the portico, my dears—'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
The Poecile was a portico; portico in Greek is stoa, hence the name of Stoic.Initiation into Philosophy
And he slept in the temple, in the portico thereof, as sound as a muleteer.The Book of Khalid
In the meantime Henriette had reached the portico and was about to pass out into the street.The Downfall
- a covered entrance to a building; porch
- a covered walkway in the form of a roof supported by columns or pillars, esp one built on to the exterior of a building
C17: via Italian from Latin porticus porch
Word Origin and History for portico
c.1600, from Italian portico, from Latin porticus "colonnade, arcade, covered walk, porch," from porta "gate" (see port (n.1)). Especially of the Painted Porch in Athens.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper