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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
por•ter1 /ˈpɔrtɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. one hired to carry baggage, as at a hotel.
  2. one who does cleaning, repairs, etc., in a building, store, etc.
See -port-.
por•ter2 /ˈpɔrtɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]

    one who has charge of a door or gate;
    doorkeeper.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
por•ter1  (pôrtər, pōr-), 
n. 
  1. a person hired to carry burdens or baggage, as at a railroad station or a hotel.
  2. a person who does cleaning and maintenance work in a building, factory, store, etc.
  3. Rail Transportan attendant in a railroad parlor car or sleeping car.
Etymology:
  • Late Latin portātōr- (stem of portātor). See port5, -or2
  • Middle French porteour
  • Middle English, variant of portour 1350–1400

por•ter2  (pôrtər, pōr-), 
n. 
  1. a person who has charge of a door or gate;
    doorkeeper.
  2. Religion[Rom. Cath. Ch.]ostiary (def. 1).
Etymology:
  • Late Latin portārius gatekeeper. See port4, -er2
  • Anglo-French
  • Middle English 1250–1300

por•ter3  (pôrtər, pōr-), 
n. 

    Winea heavy, dark-brown ale made with malt browned by drying at a high temperature.
Etymology:
  • short for porter's ale, apparently origin, originally brewed for porters 1720–30

Por•ter  (pôrtər, pōr-), 
n. 
  1. MonarchyCole, 1893–1964, U.S. composer.
  2. MonarchyDavid, 1780–1843, U.S. naval officer.
  3. his son,David Dix•on  (diksən), 
    1813–91, Union naval officer in the Civil War.
  4. MonarchyGene (Gene Stratton Porter), 1868–1924, U.S. novelist.
  5. MonarchySir George, born 1920, British chemist: Nobel prize 1967.
  6. MonarchyKatherine Anne, 1890–1980, U.S. writer.
  7. MonarchyNoah, 1811–92, U.S. educator, writer, and lexicographer.
  8. MonarchyRodney Robert, 1917–85, British biochemist: Nobel prize for medicine 1972.
  9. MonarchyWilliam Sydney ("O. Henry''), 1862–1910, U.S. short-story writer.
  10. a male given name.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

porter /ˈpɔːtə/ n
  1. a person employed to carry luggage, parcels, supplies, etc, esp at a railway station or hotel
  2. (in hospitals) a person employed to move patients from place to place
  3. US Canadian a railway employee who waits on passengers, esp in a sleeper
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French portour, from Late Latin portātōr, from Latin portāre to carry
porter /ˈpɔːtə/ n
  1. chiefly Brit a person in charge of a gate or door; doorman or gatekeeper
  2. a person employed by a university or college as a caretaker and doorkeeper who also answers enquiries
  3. a person in charge of the maintenance of a building, esp a block of flats
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French portier, from Late Latin portārius doorkeeper, from Latin porta door
porter /ˈpɔːtə/ n
  1. Brit a dark sweet ale brewed from black malt
Etymology: 18th Century: shortened from porter's ale, apparently because it was a favourite beverage of porters



Porter /ˈpɔːtə/ n
  1. Cole. 1893–1964, US composer and lyricist of musical comedies. His most popular songs include Night and Day and Let's do It
  2. George, Baron Porter of Luddenham. 1920–2002, British chemist, who shared a Nobel prize for chemistry in 1967 for his work on flash photolysis
  3. Katherine Anne. 1890–1980, US short-story writer and novelist. Her best-known collections of stories are Flowering Judas (1930) and Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1939)
  4. Rodney Robert. 1917–85, British biochemist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1972 for determining the structure of an antibody
  5. William Sidney. original name of O. Henry



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