from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A porch or walkway with a roof supported by columns, often leading to the entrance of a building.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A porch, or a small space with a roof supported by columns, serving as the entrance to a building.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A colonnade or covered ambulatory, especially in classical styles of architecture; usually, a colonnade at the entrance of a building.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, a structure consisting essentially of a roof supported on at least one side by columns, sometimes detached, as a shady walk, or place of assemblage, but generally, in modern usage, a porch or an open vestibule at the entrance of a building; a colonnade.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a porch or entrance to a building consisting of a covered and often columned area
Italian, from Latin porticus, from porta, gate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian portico, from Latin porticus ("porch"), from porta ("gate"). (Wiktionary)