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[pawr-ti-koh, pohr-]
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noun, plural por·ti·coes, por·ti·cos.
  1. a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers, usually attached to a building as a porch.
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Origin of portico

1595–1605; < Italian < Latin porticus porch, portico. See port4
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Related Words for portico

atrium, colonnade, veranda, arcade, piazza, terrace, patio, balcony, verandah, walkway, stoa

Examples from the Web for portico

Historical Examples of portico

  • In a few moments she joined him under the portico of the hotel.

    The Greater Inclination

    Edith Wharton

  • With regard to the fluted pillars in the portico, my dears—'

  • The Poecile was a portico; portico in Greek is stoa, hence the name of Stoic.

  • And he slept in the temple, in the portico thereof, as sound as a muleteer.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • In the meantime Henriette had reached the portico and was about to pass out into the street.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for portico


noun plural -coes or -cos
  1. a covered entrance to a building; porch
  2. a covered walkway in the form of a roof supported by columns or pillars, esp one built on to the exterior of a building
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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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