1. A covered platform, usually having a separate roof, at an entrance to a building.
2. An open or enclosed gallery or room attached to the outside of a building; a veranda.
3. Obsolete A portico or covered walk.
[Middle English porche, from Old French, from Latin porticus, portico, from porta, gate; see per-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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