[pat-ee-oh, pah-tee-oh]
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.

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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patio (ˈpætɪˌəʊ)
n , pl -os
1.  an open inner courtyard, esp one in a Spanish or Spanish-American house
2.  an area adjoining a house, esp one that is paved and used for outdoor activities
[C19: from Spanish: courtyard]

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Word Origin & History

1828, "inner court open to the sky," from Sp. patio probably from O.Prov. patu, pati "untilled land, communal pasture," from L. pactum "agreement" (see pact). Another theory traces the Sp. word to L. 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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Example sentences
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.
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