Definition of patio in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpadēˌō/

noun (plural patios)

1A paved outdoor area adjoining a house.
Example sentences
  • 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, veranda, sundeck, deck;
1.1A roofless inner courtyard in a Spanish or Spanish-American house.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: pat·i·o

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