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[pawr-ti-koh, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tɪˌkoʊ, ˈpoʊr-/
noun, plural porticoes, porticos.
a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers, usually attached to a building as a porch.
Origin of portico
1595-1605; < Italian < Latin porticus porch, portico. See port4 Unabridged
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  • At what became the new entrance, they ripped out a sunroom and replaced it with a portico with impressive columns.
  • Round crenelated stone towers rose on either side of the arched portico.
  • He stood in the portico awash in light cast by a flickering gas lamp.
  • At this writing, its pale pink portico is once again under renovation.
  • In architecture a portico is a covered area at the entrance of a building.
  • The large round arch of the entry portico is detailed with an egg-and-dart molding and carved keystone.
  • The pedimented gable of the portico feature embossed scrollwork and is underscored with brackets.
  • Each story of the portico is supported by six square paneled piers, and the second story features a plain balustrade.
  • The entire portico is surmounted by a flat deck which has a cast iron railing.
  • The portico, as well, establishes an order by which the entire building is composed.
British Dictionary definitions for portico


noun (pl) -coes, -cos
a covered entrance to a building; porch
a covered walkway in the form of a roof supported by columns or pillars, esp one built on to the exterior of a building
Word Origin
C17: via Italian from Latin porticusporch
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Word Origin and History for portico

c.1600, from Italian portico, from Latin porticus "colonnade, arcade, covered walk, porch," from porta "gate" (see port (n.1)). Especially of the Painted Porch in Athens.

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