[pawr-ti-koh, pohr-]
noun, plural porticoes, porticos.
a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers, usually attached to a building as a porch.

1595–1605; < Italian < Latin porticus porch, portico. See port4

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portico (ˈpɔːtɪkəʊ)
n , pl -coes, -cos
1.  a covered entrance to a building; porch
2.  a covered walkway in the form of a roof supported by columns or pillars, esp one built on to the exterior of a building
[C17: via Italian from Latin porticusporch]

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1605, from It. portico, from L. porticus "colonnade, arcade," from porta "gate" (see port (2)). Specifically of the Painted Porch in Athens.
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