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pergola Line breaks: per|gola
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːɡələ/

Definition of pergola in English:


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An arched structure in a garden or park consisting of a framework covered with climbing or trailing plants.
Example sentences
  • Let it climb a tree in a wild garden or cover a pergola or hide a chain-link fence.
  • In the extensive grounds are terraced lawns, stonework with feature arches, rose-covered pergolas, a kitchen garden, woodland walks, a stone-built pavilion, greenhouses and even a tennis court.
  • Raise new plants from seeds or cuttings, and by layering, and provide support with trellises, pergolas and other structures.


Mid 17th century: from Italian, from Latin pergula 'projecting roof', from pergere 'come or go forward'.

  • This is an English use of an Italian word which came from Latin pergula ‘projecting roof, vine arbour’, from pergere ‘to come or go forward’.

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