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From Middle English porche, from Old French, from Latin porticus (portico).



porch (plural porches)

  1. (architecture) A covered and enclosed entrance to a building, whether taken from the interior, and forming a sort of vestibule within the main wall, or projecting without and with a separate roof.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, [] . We began to tell her about Mohair and the cotillon, and of our point of observation from the Florentine galleried porch, and she insisted she would join us there.
  2. A portico; a covered walk.
  3. The platform outside the external hatch of a spacecraft.
    • 2012, Courtney G. Brooks, James M. Grimwood, Loyd S. Swenson, Chariots for Apollo
      By the time he had put on the backpack, McDivitt was ready to let him do more—to stand on the porch at least.


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