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.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for veranda

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

Examples from the Web for veranda

Contemporary Examples of veranda

  • The veranda, roofless and open to the bitter blue sky where the seasonal gu rains sputter, serves as a makeshift neonatal ward.

  • “God Bless You,” read a hand painted banner hung from a veranda on handsome Flamengo beach.

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  • The kind of suit that suggests sipping mint juleps on the veranda or Campari in a Roman piazza.

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    David Ignatius

    July 18, 2009

  • She then quietly makes her way back to the veranda and lights another cigarette as if the last five minutes never even happened.

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    May 27, 2009

Historical Examples of veranda

British Dictionary definitions for veranda




a porch or portico, sometimes partly enclosed, along the outside of a building
NZ a canopy sheltering pedestrians in a shopping street
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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