A hotel porter
An example of a porter is the person who carries your luggage for you when you go into a hotel.
- Chiefly Brit. a doorkeeper or gatekeeper
- Historical, R.C.Ch. 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 porter< 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
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- 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.