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.

1705–15; < Hindi baraṇḍā, barāmdā < Persian bar āmadaḥ coming out (unless the Hindi word is < Portuguese varanda, Spanish baranda railing, balustrade; cf. bar1) Unabridged
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veranda or verandah (vəˈrændə)
1.  a porch or portico, sometimes partly enclosed, along the outside of a building
2.  (NZ) a canopy sheltering pedestrians in a shopping street
[C18: from Portuguese varanda railing; related to Hindi varandā railing]
verandah or verandah
[C18: from Portuguese varanda railing; related to Hindi varandā railing]
ve'randaed or verandah
ve'randahed or verandah

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Word Origin & History

1711, from Hindi varanda, which probably is from Port. varanda, originally "long balcony or terrace," of uncertain origin, possibly related to Sp. baranda "railing," and ultimately from V.L. *barra "barrier, bar." Fr. véranda is borrowed from Eng.
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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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Example sentences
Book a single or double occupancy room with a private balcony or veranda with views of the beach or garden terrace.
The dinner is to be served on the large, deep veranda overlooking the ocean and
  under a canopy of vines.
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.
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