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 verandah

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

Examples from the Web for verandah

Historical Examples of verandah

  • On their return Sing was setting the table on the verandah for the evening meal.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • He was selecting a table, when a step on the verandah made him look up.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • To the left, upon a verandah, was placed an immense prayer-cylinder.

  • "I'm sure there were," said a new voice, and Peter appeared on the verandah.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • FAY was still lying on her long chair in the verandah when Jan got in.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

British Dictionary definitions for verandah




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 verandah



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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