a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers, usually attached to a building as a porch.
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How to use portico in a sentence
There are paved roads, large quadrangular porticos, both on a level with the ground and with an upper story.
Pointing to Jupiter's porticos on one occasion, he exclaimed: "How excellent a dining-room the Athenians have built for me there!"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8 | Various
It has three Porticos which open into the great Square, from whence may be seen what passes in that Chamber.The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume II | Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz
Two porticos or cabinets, about fifteen feet square, project into the court at the two extremities.The Book of Curiosities | I. Platts
From where Constans lay he could command sight of the north terrace that connected the porticos of the river and western fronts.The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen
British Dictionary definitions for portico
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
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