American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An open-sided, roofed or vaulted gallery, either free-standing or along the front or side of a building, often at an upper level.
- n. An open balcony in a theater.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Italian arch.
- n. A gallery or areade in a building, properly at the height of one or more stories, running along the front or part of the front of the building, and open on at least one side to the air, on which side is a series of pillars or slender piers. Such galleries afford an airy and sheltered resting-place or outlook, and are very characteristic of Italian palaces. Among famous loggie are those of the Vatican, decorated by Raphael and his scholars. Compare
belvedere. See cut in next column.
- n. A large ornamental window in the middle of the chief story of a building, often projecting from the wall, as seen in old Venetian palaces.
- n. architecture A roofed, open gallery.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) A roofed open gallery. It differs from a
verandain being more architectural, and in forming more decidedly a part of the main edifice to which it is attached; from a porch, in being intended not for entrance but for an out-of-door sitting-room.
- n. a roofed arcade or gallery with open sides stretching along the front or side of a building; often at an upper level
- Borrowing from Italian loggia (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from Old Italian, from Old French loge; see loge. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It's a kind of outdoor room, properly called a loggia, poised at the top of a flight of steps.”
“Beyond the loggia was an acre of terraced lawn and more topiary.”
“In the loggia are the paintings known collectively as Raphael's Bible.”
“At one end of the loggia is a hexagonal turret, opening upon the loggia, containing a study or nook.”
“I am sitting in the loggia, which is delightful in the morning freshness.”
“Tiberio then caused the said loggia, which is the one facing the meadows, to be painted by Girolamo Sermoneta; which finished, the rest of the rooms were entrusted in part to Luzio Romano, and finally the halls and other important apartments were finished partly by Perino with his own hand, and partly by others after his cartoons.”
“After passing the great loggia, which is adorned with stucco-work and with many arms and various other bizarre ornaments, one comes to some rooms filled with such a variety of fantasies, that the brain reels at the thought of them.”
“And it had walls of black lava, and a "loggia," where green slime grew over the tiled floor, and where the spider-webs were so thick that the nimble lizards were almost held fast in them.”
“A kind of loggia in Italian style, with five arches sustained by slender columns, extended to the foot of the stairway, the doors of which gave access to the two upper wings of the building opening at either end.”
“Directly opposite, and two stories above their heads, a sort of huge "loggia," one blaze of gilding and crude vermilions, opened in the gray cement of a crumbling facade, like a sudden burst of flame.”
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