Definition of portico in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpôrdəˌkō/

noun (plural porticoes or porticos)

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A structure consisting of a roof supported by columns at regular intervals, typically attached as a porch to a building.
Example sentences
  • Today one is greeted by the triangulated portico, supported on one column and aligned with the railway verandah columns.
  • The entablature and pediment of the portico are supported by two pairs of massive Ionic columns.
  • In structures at all levels of importance, gates, doors and doorways, together with porches and porticos, are usually much more elaborate than roofs, walls and windows.


Early 17th century: from Italian, from Latin porticus 'porch'.

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Syllabification: por·ti·co

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