Definitions for porterˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

por•terˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-(n.)

  1. a person hired to carry packages or baggage, as at a railroad station or a hotel.

  2. a person who does cleaning and maintenance work in a building, factory, store, etc.

  3. an attendant in a railroad parlor car or sleeping car.

    Category: Railroads

Origin of porter:

1350–1400; ME, var. of portour < MF porteour < LL portātōrem, acc. of portātor. See port5, -or2

por•terˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-(n.)

  1. a person who has charge of a door or gate; doorkeeper.

Origin of porter:

1250–1300; ME < AF < LL portārius gatekeeper

por•terˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-(n.)

  1. a heavy, dark brown ale made with malt browned by drying at a high temperature.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

Origin of porter:

1720–30; short for porter's ale, appar. orig. brewed for porters

Por•terˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-(n.)

  1. Cole, 1893–1964, U.S. composer.

    Category: Biography

  2. Sir George, born 1920, British chemist: Nobel prize 1967.

    Category: Biography

  3. Katherine Anne, 1890–1980, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.

    Category: Biography

  4. Rodney Robert, 1917–85, British biochemist: Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1972.

    Category: Biography

  5. William Sydney (“O. Henry”), 1862–1910, U.S. short-story writer.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. porter(noun)

    a person employed to carry luggage and supplies

  2. doorkeeper, doorman, door guard, hall porter, porter, gatekeeper, ostiary(noun)

    someone who guards an entrance

  3. Porter, Katherine Anne Porter(noun)

    United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980)

  4. Porter, Cole Porter, Cole Albert Porter(noun)

    United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946)

  5. Porter, William Sydney Porter, O. Henry(noun)

    United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910)

  6. porter, Pullman porter(noun)

    a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars)

  7. porter, porter's beer(verb)

    a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley

  8. porter(verb)

    carry luggage or supplies

    "They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. porter(noun)ˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-

    sb whose job is to help carry suitcases in a hotel, station, etc.

    Remember to tip the porter.

  2. porterˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-

    a hospital orderly

    a hospital porter

Webster Dictionary

  1. Porter(noun)

    a man who has charge of a door or gate; a doorkeeper; one who waits at the door to receive messages

  2. Porter(noun)

    a carrier; one who carries or conveys burdens, luggage, etc.; for hire

  3. Porter(noun)

    a bar of iron or steel at the end of which a forging is made; esp., a long, large bar, to the end of which a heavy forging is attached, and by means of which the forging is lifted and handled in hammering and heating; -- called also porter bar

  4. Porter(noun)

    a malt liquor, of a dark color and moderately bitter taste, possessing tonic and intoxicating qualities

Freebase

  1. Porter

    Porter is a dark style of beer originating in London in the 18th century, descended from brown beer, a well-hopped beer made from brown malt. The name is thought to come from its popularity with street and river porters. The history and development of stout and porter are intertwined. The name "stout" for a dark beer is believed to have come about because a strong porter may be called "Extra Porter" or "Double Porter" or "Stout Porter". The term "Stout Porter" would later be shortened to just "Stout". For example, Guinness Extra Stout was originally called "Extra Superior Porter" and was only given the name Extra Stout in 1840.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

porter(noun)

a person whose job is to carry luggage in a railway station etc

The old lady could not find a porter to carry her suitcase from the train.

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