Definitions for porterˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-

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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"

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

  5. Origin: [F. portier, L. portarius, from porta a gate, door. See Port a gate.]

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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