- 1A person employed to carry luggage and other loads, especially in a railway station, airport, hotel, or market.More 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.
- 1.1British A hospital employee who moves equipment or patients: a hospital porterMore example sentences
- Mike Phillips, a hospital porter, said: ‘I would not want any of my family in hospital at this time.’
- A retired hospital porter feared he would not have enough money to get through the week - only to learn he had scooped £5.6m on the Lottery.
- A hospital porter, a call centre operator, supermarket shelf stackers and a factory worker, they meet regularly in an all night cafe to kill time.
- 1.2A person employed to carry supplies on a mountaineering expedition.More 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.
- 1.3North American A sleeping-car attendant.More 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.
- 2 [mass noun] Dark brown bitter beer brewed from malt partly charred or browned by drying at a high temperature: a nice pint of porter [count noun]: the company produces a bottle-conditioned porter[originally made as a drink for porters]More example sentences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.
Middle English: from Old French porteour, from medieval Latin portator, from Latin portare 'carry'.
- An employee in charge of the entrance of a hotel, block of flats, college, or other large building: a night porterMore 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.
Middle English: from Old French portier, from late Latin portarius, from porta 'gate, door'.