Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An arbor or a passageway of columns supporting a roof of trelliswork on which climbing plants are trained to grow.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of arbor; a sort of balcony.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Italian art) Lit., an arbor or bower

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  • noun A framework in the form of a passageway of columns that supports a trelliswork roof; used to support and train climbing plants

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  • noun a framework that supports climbing plants

Etymologies

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[Italian, from Latin pergula.]

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From Italian pergola, from Latin pergula.

Examples

  • Well, often what you'll see in a pergola is a lot more lattice going in closer together and going perpendicular to that, creating the surface for the growing vine and to block sun, of course.

    CNN Transcript Jul 23, 2005

  • A trellised arbour (which some years later would have been called a pergola) led from the porch up the hill to an old-fashioned summer-house on the crest.

    A Modern Chronicle — Complete

  • A trellised arbour (which some years later would have been called a pergola) led from the porch up the hill to an old-fashioned summer-house on the crest.

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  • A trellised arbour (which some years later would have been called a pergola) led from the porch up the hill to an old-fashioned summer-house on the crest.

    A Modern Chronicle — Volume 02

  • The pergola is the one that flanked the "Turkish Villa", aka the

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  • The pergola is the one that flanked the "Turkish Villa", aka the

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  • A pergola is a series of archways that are tied together, usually with wooden beams or posts.

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  • For Lynn and Joe Rouse, the pergola is a versatile area that's relatively inexpensive to maintain.

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  • For Lynn and Joe Rouse, the pergola is a versatile area that's relatively inexpensive to maintain.

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  • Arrived at home, Laura (as soon as she had looked up the definition of "pergola" in the dictionary) lost no time in telephoning to Mrs. Cressler.

    The Pit: A Story of Chicago

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  • "Let's have cheese and white wine under that pergola," suggested Van.

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor

    June 5, 2008

  • A pergola is a garden feature forming a shaded walk or passageway of pillars that support cross beams and a sturdy open lattice, upon which woody vines are trained. As a type of gazebo, it may also be part of a building, as protection for an open terrace. The origin of the word is the Late Latin pergula, referring to a projecting eave. The term was borrowed for English from Italian, mentioned in an Italian context in 1645 and used in an English context in 1675.

    June 9, 2008

  • The pronunciation given for this word (as of 2 Jan 2010), / ˈpərgoʊklə, gjuklə /, cannot be right; specifically, the extraneous "k" sound.

    January 3, 2010