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[vuh-ran-duh] /vəˈræn də/
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.
Origin of veranda
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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  • But he seemed to be unconscious of them, and sat down in the verandah by Evelyn.

    The Angel of Pain E. F. Benson
  • She crept softly along the verandah to the window and peeped in.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • At the other end of the verandah a few men sitting there had stopped talking, and were looking at him in silence.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • I had just lit my cigar and settled comfortably in the verandah when Kitty came to me.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • When he got up and walked to the verandah he quite staggered, showing he was that weak as he could hardly walk without help.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • Coming back to the house she found Gerald Merryweather on the verandah.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • So soon as the day grew warm, these active creatures were at work perforating the wooden columns which supported the verandah.

  • Three more brought him to the verandah, where he saluted and stood at attention.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • Then across the narrow street on the verandah of the hotel there was a similar bank of flowers.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • It is night at Samatau, and the two ladies are sitting on the verandah.

British Dictionary definitions for verandah


a porch or portico, sometimes partly enclosed, along the outside of a building
(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 verandah



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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