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porter1

Syllabification: por·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈpôrdər
 
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noun

1A person employed to carry luggage and other loads, especially in a railroad station, airport, or hotel.
Example sentences
  • The car drove off to the train station, and the porters put her luggage on the train.
  • Commuters alighting at the station, porters with luggage on their head and the crowds on the platform as the train arrives, were all there.
  • For many years he worked as a railway porter and engine driver in Moscow, painting in his spare time, but from 1967 he was a full-time artist.
Synonyms
carrier, baggage clerk, redcap
1.1A person employed to carry supplies on a mountaineering expedition.
Example sentences
  • Another group that has carved out an occupational niche for itself is the Sherpas, who are well known as guides and porters for mountain-climbing expeditions.
  • The military also forces villages to supply porters to carry army supplies to their operations.
  • Late in a day of falling into waist-deep slime, being bitten by ants, and clawing up mudslides, my expedition mates, our porters, and I crawled under a rock to escape the cold, driving rain.
1.2North American An attendant in a railroad sleeping car or parlor car.
Example sentences
  • He was a porter on a Pullman sleeping car during the golden age of rail travel.
  • Parks had worked closely with E.D. Nixon, a black trade unionist in Montgomery, the head of the local branch of the sleeping car porters ' union and a longtime fighter for voting rights and other issues.
  • Bellboys, porters, restroom attendants and taxi drivers will happily accept loose change.
2Dark brown bitter beer brewed from malt partly charred or browned by drying at a high temperature.
[originally made as a drink for porters]
Example sentences
  • Three beer styles are eligible in the competition: sweet stout, brown porter and best bitter.
  • For example, Pilsner is one of the most popular lagers, while porter and stout are examples of ales.
  • Originally, all beers were dark and heavy, similar to the porters, stouts and brown ales of Britain.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French porteour, from medieval Latin portator, from Latin portare 'carry'.

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  • The porter who acts as a doorman at the entrance of a hotel and the one who carries luggage are completely different words. The former comes from porta, the Latin word for a gate or a door which is also the source of portal (Late Middle English) and porthole (mid 16th century), as well as of port (Old English) in the sense of ‘socket’ as in a computer port. The other comes from Latin portare ‘to carry’, and so is related to words like portable (Late Middle English), and portfolio (early 18th century), adopted from Italian portafogli, from portare ‘carry’, and foglio ‘leaf, sheet of paper’. Portmanteau (mid 16th century) for a travelling bag is from French portemanteau, from porter ‘carry’ and manteau ‘mantle’. The drink porter, a dark brown bitter beer, was originally made for porters and others whose work involved carrying loads.

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Syllabification: por·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈpôrdər
 
/

noun

An employee in charge of the entrance of a hotel, apartment complex, or other large building.
Example sentences
  • The porters at the College and eleven hired security officials then detained a man at the instruction of the College Dean while the police were called.
  • She pursued the thief onto the High Street before returning to Exeter College to alert the porters.
  • He worked as a night porter in hotels, which no doubt gave him time to read.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English: from Old French portier, from late Latin portarius, from porta 'gate, door'.

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  • The porter who acts as a doorman at the entrance of a hotel and the one who carries luggage are completely different words. The former comes from porta, the Latin word for a gate or a door which is also the source of portal (Late Middle English) and porthole (mid 16th century), as well as of port (Old English) in the sense of ‘socket’ as in a computer port. The other comes from Latin portare ‘to carry’, and so is related to words like portable (Late Middle English), and portfolio (early 18th century), adopted from Italian portafogli, from portare ‘carry’, and foglio ‘leaf, sheet of paper’. Portmanteau (mid 16th century) for a travelling bag is from French portemanteau, from porter ‘carry’ and manteau ‘mantle’. The drink porter, a dark brown bitter beer, was originally made for porters and others whose work involved carrying loads.

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