[pawr-ti-koh, pohr-]

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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Examples from the Web for porticoes

Historical Examples of porticoes

  • He completed, but did not dedicate, the palace, and finished the porticoes round it.

    Theodoric the Goth

    Thomas Hodgkin

  • The four sides are formed of porticoes which sustain the upper storey.

  • They saw the drawing of a pretentious structure with towers and porticoes.

  • He connected his palace with that of Tiberius by means of porticoes.

    Rambles in Rome

    S. Russell Forbes

  • He placed statues of the great Roman generals in both the porticoes of his forum.

    Rambles in Rome

    S. Russell Forbes

British Dictionary definitions for porticoes


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 porticoes



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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