[loj-uh, loh-jee-uh; Italian lawd-jah]
noun, plural loggias Italian, loggie [lawd-je] .
a gallery or arcade open to the air on at least one side.
a space within the body of a building but open to the air on one side, serving as an open-air room or as an entrance porch.

1735–45; < Italian; see lodge

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loggia (ˈlɒdʒə, ˈlɒdʒɪə)
n , pl -gias, -gie
1.  a covered area on the side of a building, esp one that serves as a porch
2.  an open balcony in a theatre
[C17: Italian, from French loge. See lodge]

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"roofed galley used as an open-air room," 1782, from It., from Fr. loge (see lodge (n.)).
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