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veranda

[vuh-ran-duh] /vəˈræn də/
noun
1.
Also, verandah. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a large, open porch, usually roofed and partly enclosed, as by a railing, often extending across the front and sides of a house; gallery.
2.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < Hindi baraṇḍā, barāmdā < Persian bar āmadaḥ coming out (unless the Hindi word is < Portuguese varanda, Spanish baranda railing, balustrade; cf. bar1)
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  • Book a single or double occupancy room with a private balcony or veranda with views of the beach or garden terrace.
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  • We then followed her up a hill to a house with huge pillars, where chairs were lined up on the veranda.
  • All of the public areas are open in the lobby or on the veranda.
  • IN a few weeks, flowers will be in bloom on the sun-washed veranda.
  • The veranda overlooks a profusion of roses in the garden.
  • There are three bedrooms upstairs, and the second-floor veranda looks out over the bay.
  • Light and bright, plus a pleasant veranda off the living room and bedroom.
  • Sip wine from your own vines on your veranda overlooking your private pond or vineyard.
  • They climbed the three steps to the antebellum-style veranda.
British Dictionary definitions for veranda

veranda

/vəˈrændə/
noun
1.
a porch or portico, sometimes partly enclosed, along the outside of a building
2.
(NZ) a canopy sheltering pedestrians in a shopping street
Derived Forms
verandaed, verandahed, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Portuguese varanda railing; related to Hindi varandā railing
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Word Origin and History for veranda
n.

1711, from Hindi varanda, which probably is from Portuguese varanda, originally "long balcony or terrace," of uncertain origin, possibly related to Spanish baranda "railing," and ultimately from Vulgar Latin *barra "barrier, bar." French véranda is borrowed from English.

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Encyclopedia Article for veranda

in architecture, most frequently, an open-walled, roofed porch attached to the exterior of a domestic structure and usually surrounded by a railing. The word came into English through the Hindi varanda, but it is related to the Spanish baranda, meaning "railing," and thus most likely entered Hindi via Portuguese explorers of India.

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