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.



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  • 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'.

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