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[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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British Dictionary definitions for verandas

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 verandas
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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Encyclopedia Article for verandas

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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