Definition of portico in English:



  • A structure consisting of a roof supported by columns at regular intervals, typically attached as a porch to a building.

    • ‘Identical north and south entrances featured one-story porticoes supported by massive Greek Doric columns, each carved from a single shaft of sandstone.’
    • ‘The prevailing style of the roughly 3,800 neighboring houses features large gables and verandas, with porticos, pediments, and glossy interiors.’
    • ‘We stopped at a police rest house, a one-story pre-1947 white stucco bungalow with columns around a portico.’
    • ‘The portico's tall columns are scarfed struts coupled in almost Aaltoesque fashion with blocks to increase their stiffness.’
    • ‘A new portico, supported by recycled columns, changed all that.’
    • ‘The entire complex of the main temple and its ancillary structures and subsidiary shrines is in the middle of a rectangular, defined by a portico with a double colonnade.’
    • ‘The Reading Room, with its broad encircling staircases, appears somewhat out of proportion, lessening the impact of the porticos in the courtyard, which are grand in their own right but diminutive by comparison.’
    • ‘The entablature and pediment of the portico are supported by two pairs of massive Ionic columns.’
    • ‘The resulting amalgamation of sleek new blocks and bustling malls is worlds away from the conventional image of porticoes, pediments and municipal chest puffing.’
    • ‘To the right of the entrance portico is a cylindrical tower which contains the Lowry study centre.’
    • ‘Each wing has a different function, spatial orientation, and ground line, and its clusters of signlike, indigenous-style structures or porticoes face into the great courtyard at the heart of the palace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jefferson sometimes called them ‘porticles,’ a word that suggests small porches or porticos.’
    • ‘Free-standing columns form a portico in the front area, whilst the cella is enveloped in embedded columns.’
    • ‘The pyramidal building, which has the form of a cubical building with a pyramidal roof and entrance porticoes, differs from the iconographic tradition of the Meta Romuli.’
    • ‘This imposing structure, now rebuilt in offices, boasts a large portico of giant ionic columns, graced with a highly decorative frieze and cornice.’
    • ‘Like its model, this tall octagonal building has two one-storey porticoes with some unusual Corinthian capitals and a two-storey curved exedra.’
    • ‘Today one is greeted by the triangulated portico, supported on one column and aligned with the railway verandah columns.’
    • ‘I've never seen so many colonnades, entablatures, pediments, porticos, coffered ceilings and statues adorning so many structures.’
    • ‘Like the Stockholm building, both include a great portico, a main public entrance that leads to the interior.’


Early 17th century: from Italian, from Latin porticus porch.