Definition of porch in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɔːtʃ/


1A covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a building: the north porch of Hereford Cathedral
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  • There is a covered porch and two front doors to the dwelling and an arched entrance at the side.
  • Nate followed the Petrov sisters though a dimly lit pathway to the porch and front door.
  • The outer front door of the porch had a mortise lock which had showed no signs of being forced.
vestibule, foyer, entrance, entrance hall, entry, portal, portico, lobby, anteroom;
North American  ramada, stoop;
Australian/New Zealand  sleepout;
Indian  mandapam;
Architecture  lanai, narthex, galilee, peristyle, stoa, colonnade, porte cochère, tambour
1.1North American A veranda: Daniel and Lydia sat out on the porch for many hours
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  • Both styles feature shallow and sloping tile roofs and one or more verandas and porches.
  • Terraces, porches, and verandas are key features, especially away from the street.
  • Two have elegant trellised porches and verandas in the fashionable Regency style.



Example sentences
  • A porched entrance leads to a spacious reception hall with ceiling coving, built-in closet and understairs storage.
  • Splintered Reality was exhibited earlier at Marlborough Gallery, where several other knotted rubber sculptures were porched on pedestals or hung from the gallery walls.
  • The house is accessed through a porched entrance, beyond which the entrance hall features polished timber flooring, a picture rail, coving and understairs storage.




Middle English: from Old French porche, from Latin porticus 'colonnade', from porta 'passage'.

Words that rhyme with porch

debauch, nautch, scorch, torch

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