- a person employed to carry luggage, parcels, supplies, etc, esp at a railway station or hotel
- (in hospitals) a person employed to move patients from place to place
- US Canadian a railway employee who waits on passengers, esp in a sleeper
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- one hired to carry baggage, as at a hotel.
- one who does cleaning, repairs, etc., in a building, store, etc.
por•ter2 /ˈpɔrtɚ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
- one who has charge of a door or gate;
- a person hired to carry burdens or baggage, as at a railroad station or a hotel.
- a person who does cleaning and maintenance work in a building, factory, store, etc.
- Rail Transportan attendant in a railroad parlor car or sleeping car.
- Late Latin portātōr- (stem of portātor). See port5, -or2
- Middle French porteour
- Middle English, variant of portour 1350–1400
por•ter2 (pôr′tər, pōr′-),USA pronunciation n.
- a person who has charge of a door or gate;
- Religion[Rom. Cath. Ch.]ostiary (def. 1).
- Late Latin portārius gatekeeper. See port4, -er2
- Middle English 1250–1300
por•ter3 (pôr′tər, pōr′-),USA pronunciation n.
- Winea heavy, dark-brown ale made with malt browned by drying at a high temperature.
- short for porter's ale, apparently origin, originally brewed for porters 1720–30
Por•ter (pôr′tər, pōr′-),USA pronunciation n.
- BiographicalCole, 1893–1964, U.S. composer.
- BiographicalDavid, 1780–1843, U.S. naval officer.
- BiographicalGene (Gene Stratton Porter), 1868–1924, U.S. novelist.
- BiographicalSir George, born 1920, British chemist: Nobel prize 1967.
- BiographicalKatherine Anne, 1890–1980, U.S. writer.
- BiographicalNoah, 1811–92, U.S. educator, writer, and lexicographer.
- BiographicalRodney Robert, 1917–85, British biochemist: Nobel prize for medicine 1972.
- BiographicalWilliam Sydney ("O. Henry''), 1862–1910, U.S. short-story writer.
- a male given name.
- chiefly Brit a person in charge of a gate or door; doorman or gatekeeper
- a person employed by a university or college as a caretaker and doorkeeper who also answers enquiries
- a person in charge of the maintenance of a building, esp a block of flats
- Brit a dark sweet ale brewed from black malt
- Cole. 1893–1964, US composer and lyricist of musical comedies. His most popular songs include Night and Day and Let's do It
- George, Baron Porter of Luddenham. 1920–2002, British chemist, who shared a Nobel prize for chemistry in 1967 for his work on flash photolysis
- 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)
- Rodney Robert. 1917–85, British biochemist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1972 for determining the structure of an antibody
- William Sidney. original name of O. Henry