Definition of veranda in English:


(also verandah)


  • A roofed platform along the outside of a house, level with the ground floor.

    • ‘I finally spotted her alone, outside on the veranda, looking at the rough ocean.’
    • ‘She would drop a recent kill on the back verandah outside our kitchen door.’
    • ‘She was at a table on the veranda overlooking the plaza, already looking at a menu.’
    • ‘It is further supported by ‘front-of-house’ outdoor living spaces such as porches, verandahs, and courtyards.’
    • ‘Meet me outside on the veranda when you finish eating, please.’
    • ‘As Mario was on his phone once again, he stood on the veranda with the door closed so no one would hear him.’
    • ‘Rena was sitting on the veranda railing looking at eye level to Rufus.’
    • ‘Monitor 33 showed one of the hotel's numerous bars and lounges, this one outside on the veranda.’
    • ‘Then just stretch out on the veranda - or the living room sofa - and savor a splendid but underappreciated spirit.’
    • ‘A human couple relaxed on a porch swing on the veranda and Max thought the place looked peaceful.’
    • ‘Meals are served in the house, on the veranda, or on mats placed on the ground outside the house.’
    • ‘In traditional Karen bamboo houses, sleeping quarters for guests are on the veranda.’
    • ‘I carried my weight slowly like a steamship, and sat on the veranda, outside this man's shop.’
    • ‘The senior man broke away from the crowd and ran out the back door of the house to wail on the veranda.’
    • ‘Thalia stayed against the cool marble wall on the veranda and closed her eyes.’
    • ‘One weekend I shared a room with Boy and his girlfriend; they slept on the veranda, leaving me the room to myself.’
    • ‘A dilapidated old man sits on the veranda of a dilapidated old house.’
    • ‘The outdoor verandah and roof overhangs provide welcome shade for both levels in the summer.’
    • ‘You can also dine outside on the veranda section and enjoy cooling sea breezes.’
    • ‘It is arranged in traditional courtyard format with verandahs for residential and administrative buildings.’


Early 18th century: from Hindi varaṇḍā, from Portuguese varanda railing, balustrade.