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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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Examples for verandah
  • 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.
  • Windows opening on the verandah would go to the floor.
British Dictionary definitions for verandah

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 verandah

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 verandah

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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