AskDefine | Define veranda

Dictionary Definition

veranda n : a porch along the outside of a building (sometimes partly enclosed) [syn: verandah, gallery]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Noun

  1. alternative spelling of verandah.

Bosnian

Noun

veranda s (p: verande)
  1. verandah
  2. balcony
  3. patio

Croatian

Noun

veranda s (p: verande)
  1. verandah
  2. balcony
  3. patio

Czech

Noun

veranda

Serbian

Noun

veranda s (p: verande)
  1. verandah
  2. balcony
  3. patio

Cyrillic spelling

Swedish

Noun

veranda
  1. verandah

Turkish

Noun

veranda
  1. verandah
  2. balcony
  3. patio

Synonyms

Extensive Definition

A verandah or veranda is a roofed opened gallery or porch. It is also described as an open pillared gallery, generally roofed, built around a central structure. It is usually partly enclosed by a railing and frequently extends across the front and sides of the structure.

History of term

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word verandah originated in India where it is found in several native languages. However, it may have been an adaptation of the Portuguese or older Spanish varanda (baranda in modern Spanish) referring to a railing, balustrade or balcony. The distinctive style of Indian architecture evolved from a hybrid of east and west. The veranda is one of the many new hybrid architectural elements.

See also

veranda in Arabic: دكة
veranda in German: Veranda
veranda in French: Véranda
veranda in Dutch: Veranda
veranda in Japanese: ベランダ
veranda in Norwegian: Veranda
veranda in Polish: weranda
veranda in Portuguese: Varanda
veranda in Russian: Детская веранда
veranda in Swedish: Veranda
veranda in Turkish: Veranda
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