[ pawr-ti-koh, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tɪˌkoʊ, ˈpoʊr- /

noun, plural por·ti·coes, por·ti·cos.

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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/ (ˈpɔːtɪkəʊ) /

noun plural -coes or -cos

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

Word Origin for portico

C17: via Italian from Latin porticus porch
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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.

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