Patio definition

pătē-ō, pätē-ō
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An outdoor space for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is often paved.
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The definition of a patio is a paved outside area off of a house or a building that is used as a seating or living space.

The concrete slab that you have off of your back kitchen door where you have a table and chairs and a sofa for outside seating and activities is an example of your patio.

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A roofless inner courtyard, typically found in Spanish and Spanish-style dwellings.
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A courtyard or inner area open to the sky, as in Spanish and Spanish American architecture.
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An area, esp. a paved area adjacent to a house, for outdoor lounging, dining, etc.
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A paved outside area, adjoining a house, used for dining or recreation.
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An inner courtyard typical of traditional Spanish houses.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
patio
Plural:
patios

Origin of patio

  • Spanish from Old Spanish possibly from Old Provençal patu, pati pasture perhaps from Latin pactum agreement pact

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Spanish patio, either from Provençal patu or pati, from Latin pactum (“pact, agreement") or from Latin patere (“to lie open").

    From Wiktionary