An example of a porter is the person who carries your luggage for you when you go into a hotel.
- a doorkeeper or gatekeeper
- R.C.Ch., Historical the lowest of the four minor orders
Origin of porterMiddle English ; from Old French portier ; from Late Latin portarius ; from Classical Latin porta, gate: see port
- a person who carries luggage, etc. for hire or as an attendant at a railroad station, hotel, etc.
- ☆ an employee who sweeps, cleans, does errands, etc. as in a bank, store, or restaurant
- ☆ a railroad employee who waits on passengers in a sleeper or parlor car
Origin of porterabbrev. of porter's ale a dark-brown beer made from charred or browned malt and produced by rapid fermentation at a relatively high temperature
Origin of porterMiddle English portour ; from Old French porteour ; from Late Latin portator ; from Classical Latin portare, to carry: see fare
- Porter, Cole 1891-1964; U.S. composer of popular songs
- Porter, David 1780-1843; U.S. naval officer & diplomat
- Porter, David Dixon 1813-91; Union admiral in the Civil War: son of David
- Porter, Lord George 1920-2002; Brit. chemist
- Porter, Katherine Anne 1890-1980; U.S. short-story writer, essayist, & novelist
- Porter, Rodney Robert 1917-85; Brit. biochemist
- A person employed to carry burdens, especially an attendant who carries travelers' baggage at a hotel or transportation station.
- A railroad employee who waits on passengers in a sleeping car or parlor car.
- A maintenance worker for a building or institution.
Origin of porterMiddle English portour, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin portātor, from Latin portāre, to carry; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of porterMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin portārius, from Latin porta, gate; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of porterShort for porter's ale (probably so called because it was favored by laborers in the 1700s).
- A person who carries luggage and related objects.
- By the time I reached the train station I was exhausted, but fortunately there was a porter waiting.
- A person in control of the entrance to a building.
- In the bowling industry, an employee who clears and cleans tables and puts bowling balls away.
- A strong, dark ale, originally favored by porters, similar to a stout but less strong.
- (Ireland) Stout (malt brew).
- (computing) One who ports software (converts it to another platform).
(third-person singular simple present porters, present participle portering, simple past and past participle portered)
- to serve as a porter, to carry.