Definition of patio in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpatɪəʊ

noun (plural patios)

  • 1A paved outdoor area adjoining a house: the dining room looks out to a small patio [as modifier]: a patio table and chairs
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    • There is a large paved patio at the back of the house.
    • The gardens are fully landscaped and each house features a paved patio to the rear with privacy fencing.
    • There is decking beside the house and a flagged stone patio area.
    terrace, courtyard, veranda, loggia, court, plaza, quadrangle, quad, cloister; North American sun deck, deck, porch; Australian/New Zealand sleepout; South African stoep; Hawaiian lanai
    technical peristyle
  • 1.1A roofless inner courtyard in a Spanish or Spanish-American house.
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    • The long thin office wings enclose two hermetic internal courtyards or patios.
    • The best way to see this place is to wander aimlessly through public areas, internal patios and courtyards.
    • Accommodation is arranged to give a maximum effect of volume and light, using internal patios to create a stimulating interplay of interior and exterior space.


early 19th century: from Spanish, denoting an inner courtyard.

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