veranda

[vuh-ran-duh]
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.

Origin:
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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veranda or verandah (vəˈrændə)
 
n
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
 
n
 
[C18: from Portuguese varanda railing; related to Hindi varandā railing]
 
ve'randaed or verandah
 
adj
 
ve'randahed or verandah
 
adj

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veranda
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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Example sentences
The lower verandah is accessed by a set of granite steps, which are believed to
  be the originals.
The wood flooring on the verandah is tongue and groove, and wood piers with
  decorative brackets support the verandah roof.
The tin roof overhangs the verandah and is supported by three thick, square
  columns with ornamental brackets.
The areas not covered by a verandah have a thin, dressed limestone band in
  place of the row of headers.
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