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[pat-ee-oh, pah-tee-oh] /ˈpæt iˌoʊ, ˈpɑ tiˌoʊ/
noun, plural patios.
an area, usually paved, adjoining a house and used as an area for outdoor lounging, dining, etc.
a courtyard, especially of a house, enclosed by low buildings or walls.
Origin of patio
1820-30, Americanism; < Spanish, Old Spanish: courtyard, perhaps orig. open area; compare Medieval Latin patium meadow, pasturage, perhaps derivative of Latin *patitus, past participle of patēre to lie open. See patent Unabridged
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Examples from the web for patio
  • The top office features a computer bank with a swivel chair and patio door leading to a rooftop observation post.
  • Either way, it's preferably eaten in the archipelago on the deck of a boat or on the patio of someone's summer cabin.
  • On the patio of a four-story apartment house, guests are served only small plates of rice and meatballs.
  • Convenient to take your playlist to the kitchen, garage, or patio.
  • Bathing-suited regulars stop by his plastic patio table.
  • Rock climbers, coils of rope slung over their shoulders, swap stories over beer on a patio.
  • Soon, there were other rooms adjoining the old travel trailer, then a second story with a patio and tiny third floor.
  • You'll acquire a whole new appreciation for plastic patio furniture.
  • Good news for patio and balcony gardeners and homeowners with tiny gardens.
  • If there is one thing that seems inescapable about summer's backyard barbeques and patio parties, it's the white plastic chair.
British Dictionary definitions for patio


noun (pl) -os
an open inner courtyard, esp one in a Spanish or Spanish-American house
an area adjoining a house, esp one that is paved and used for outdoor activities
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish: courtyard
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Word Origin and History for patio

1818, "inner court open to the sky," from Spanish patio probably from Old Provençal patu, pati "untilled land, communal pasture," from Latin pactum "agreement" (see pact). Another theory traces the Spanish word to Latin patere "to lie open." Meaning "paved and enclosed terrace beside a building" first recorded 1941. Patio furniture is attested from 1969.

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