porch

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
porch /pɔrtʃ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Architecturean outside addition to a building, forming a covered approach or entrance to a doorway.
  2. Architecturea raised platform on the outside of a building, usually level with a door;
    a veranda.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
porch  (pôrch, pōrch), 
n. 
  1. Architecturean exterior appendage to a building, forming a covered approach or vestibule to a doorway.
  2. Architecturea veranda.
  3. Ancient History, Philosophythe Porch, the portico or stoa in the agora of ancient Athens, where the Stoic philosopher Zeno of Citium and his followers met.
  4. Architecture[Obs.]a portico.
Etymology:
  • Latin porticus porch, portico
  • Old French
  • Middle English porche 1250–1300
porchless, adj. 
porchlike′, adj. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

porch /pɔːtʃ/ n
  1. a low structure projecting from the doorway of a house and forming a covered entrance
  2. US Canadian an exterior roofed gallery, often partly enclosed; veranda
Etymology: 13th Century: from French porche, from Latin porticus portico



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