Definition of porch in English:

porch

noun

  • 1A covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a building.

    ‘the north porch of Hereford Cathedral’
    • ‘Nate followed the Petrov sisters though a dimly lit pathway to the porch and front door.’
    • ‘It's not just that so many copies of the free newspaper - I use the term loosely - are left unread in Limerick church porches.’
    • ‘Ornately carved wood details, arches, and porches, adorn the front of the Colegio de San Ramon Primary School in León.’
    • ‘Four lay people from each diocese joined the priests to form the bureau's first council before information cards were pinned up in church porches all over the county.’
    • ‘The debris rained down for 20 minutes on house roofs, porches, gardens and greenhouses, whilst what were obviously substantial spent rockets plummeted into surrounding streets lined with cars.’
    • ‘There is faded grandeur in its crumbling, mouldy mansions with their jalousie-fronted windows, porches and verandas.’
    • ‘A strong street edge with front porches activate the street, providing both safety and community life for residents, many of whom are single-parent families.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some buildings had wooden fronts, porches, and sidewalks; the streets were narrow, and buildings were densely concentrated.’
    • ‘After a few moments of silence, he turns back to the path and continues up the lane to the front porch.’
    • ‘Some cottages are raised off the ground, with large porches and gabled roofs.’
    • ‘Today the concept of a pedestrian-friendly, densely built community of wood-frame cottages with front porches and picket fences hardly seems avant-garde.’
    • ‘It is further supported by ‘front-of-house’ outdoor living spaces such as porches, verandahs, and courtyards.’
    • ‘Open alcohol is prohibited in all other areas including stairwells, hallways, porches, balconies and outside.’
    • ‘I went out onto the front porch to smoke after getting all my prep work done and putting stuff in the oven, and then it happened.’
    • ‘There is a covered porch and two front doors to the dwelling and an arched entrance at the side.’
    • ‘Entry is via an enclosed porch to a wide entrance hall with understairs storage and coat closet.’
    • ‘The outer front door of the porch had a mortise lock which had showed no signs of being forced.’
    • ‘In front of the church he spotted a group of refugees who had been sleeping on straw in front of the porch.’
    • ‘Jefferson sometimes called them ‘porticles,’ a word that suggests small porches or porticos.’
    • ‘It is set in a series of landscaped squares and includes features such as stone walls and wooden porches.’
    • ‘Flag after flag hung from porches and poles, windows and doors.’
    vestibule, foyer, entrance, entrance hall, entry, portal, portico, lobby, anteroom
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    1. 1.1North American A veranda.
      ‘Daniel and Lydia sat out on the porch for many hours’
      • ‘Use it unadorned, like exterior wallpaper, to line porches, balconies, basements, or walls under trees to suggest the view beyond.’
      • ‘All that remained was the skeletal stonework of walls, arches, staircases, porches, and columns.’
      • ‘Extend architectural details such as walls, colonnades or porches from the house into the surrounding landscape.’
      • ‘As they continued chatting down a street, Drew suddenly stopped him and pointed at a rather large house, with one of those stooped porches that looked old but new at the same time.’
      • ‘Haley tried to peer around him but his tall built frame was blocking the window overlooking the porch beside the door.’
      • ‘Architects began designing houses that had picture windows instead of porches.’
      • ‘Where inter coat peeling has been a problem, it is particularly important to clean areas protected from sun and rain such as porches, eaves and side walls protected by overhangs.’
      • ‘The chalet-style home's balconies, porches, and large windows show the strong indoor-outdoor connection for which his work is known.’
      • ‘Both styles feature shallow and sloping tile roofs and one or more verandas and porches.’
      • ‘Wattle and daub construction, the use of cisterns to collect water, the ‘Big Yard’ or common area, and verandas and porches can be traced to Africa.’
      • ‘He lowered himself down the last few feet onto the roof of the porch and then stood still for a moment to regain his balance.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most common construction application is roof overhangs on porches and exposed soffits.’
      • ‘She went up on to the porch and knocked on the white door that had a window with lace curtains on it.’
      • ‘Two have elegant trellised porches and verandas in the fashionable Regency style.’
      • ‘The atrium's entrance hall is accessed through porches that penetrate the transparent wall; each is lit in a different colour at night to emphasize the variety of uses within, but anyone can use any porch.’
      • ‘It combined Dutch elements (highpitched tile roofs) with porches, open kitchens, and servants quarters suited to the climate and social system.’
      • ‘This architectural language of trellises and shaded walkways and porches carries on a campus tradition that is functional and beautiful.’
      • ‘The apartments have private balconies and porches linked to walk-up stoops, mimicking the privately owned houses in the neighborhood.’
      • ‘He had apparently climbed onto the porch from his upstairs bedroom window.’
      • ‘Terraces, porches, and verandas are key features, especially away from the street.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French porche, from Latin porticus ‘colonnade’, from porta ‘passage’.

Pronunciation

porch

/pɔːtʃ/