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porch

[pawrch, pohrch] /pɔrtʃ, poʊrtʃ/
noun
1.
an exterior appendage to a building, forming a covered approach or vestibule to a doorway.
2.
a veranda.
3.
the Porch, the portico or stoa in the agora of ancient Athens, where the Stoic philosopher Zeno of Citium and his followers met.
4.
Obsolete. a portico.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English porche < Old French < Latin porticus porch, portico
Related forms
porchless, adjective
porchlike, adjective
underporch, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for porches

porch

/pɔːtʃ/
noun
1.
a low structure projecting from the doorway of a house and forming a covered entrance
2.
(US & Canadian) an exterior roofed gallery, often partly enclosed; veranda
Word Origin
C13: from French porche, from Latin porticus portico
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Word Origin and History for porches

porch

n.

c.1300, "covered entrance," from Old French porche "porch, vestibule," from Latin porticus "covered gallery, covered walk between columns, arcade, portico, porch," from porta "gate, entrance, door" (see port (n.2)). The Latin word was borrowed directly into Old English as portic.

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