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