from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An outdoor space for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is often paved.
  • n. A roofless inner courtyard, typically found in Spanish and Spanish-style dwellings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A paved outside area, adjoining a house, used for dining or recreation.
  • n. An inner courtyard typical of traditional Spanish houses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A paved yard or floor where ores are cleaned and sorted, or where ore, salt, mercury, etc., are trampled by horses, to effect intermixture and amalgamation.
  • n. In Spain, Spanish America, etc., a court or courtyard of a house or other building; esp., an inner court open to the sky.
  • n. A usually paved area adjacent to a dwelling, used for outdoor lounging, dining, receptions of guests, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Spain and Spanish-American countries, a court or inclosure connected with a house, and open to the sky.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. usually paved outdoor area adjoining a residence


Spanish, from Old Spanish, possibly from Old Provençal patu, pati, pasture, perhaps from Latin pactum, agreement; see pact.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish patio, either from Provençal patu or pati, from Latin pactum ("pact, agreement") or from Latin patere ("to lie open"). (Wiktionary)



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