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  1. Also ve·ran·dah. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a large, open porch, usually roofed and partly enclosed, as by a railing, often extending across the front and sides of a house; gallery.
  2. piazza.
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Origin of veranda

1705–15; < Hindi baraṇḍā, barāmdā < Persian bar āmadaḥ coming out (unless the Hindi word is < Portuguese varanda, Spanish baranda railing, balustrade; cf. bar1)
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Related Words for veranda

balcony, patio, piazza, platform, portico, stoop, terrace

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British Dictionary definitions for veranda



  1. a porch or portico, sometimes partly enclosed, along the outside of a building
  2. NZ a canopy sheltering pedestrians in a shopping street
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Derived Formsverandaed or verandahed, adjective

Word Origin for veranda

C18: from Portuguese varanda railing; related to Hindi varandā railing
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Word Origin and History for veranda


1711, from Hindi varanda, which probably is from Portuguese varanda, originally "long balcony or terrace," of uncertain origin, possibly related to Spanish baranda "railing," and ultimately from Vulgar Latin *barra "barrier, bar." French véranda is borrowed from English.

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