What does Porter mean?

Definitions for Porter
ˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-Porter

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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

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

  2. Porter(noun)

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

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

  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

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

  4. Porter(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Porter

    pōrt′ėr, n. a door-keeper or gate-keeper: one who waits at the door to receive messages:—fem. Port′eress, Port′ress.—n. Port′erage, the office or duty of a porter.—Porter's lodge, a house or an apartment near a gate for the use of the porter. [O. Fr. portier—Low L. portarius—L. porta, a gate.]

  2. Porter

    pōrt′ėr, n. one who carries burdens for hire: a dark-brown malt liquor, prob. because a favourite drink with London porters.—ns. Port′erage, carriage: charge made by a porter for carrying goods; Port′er-house, a restaurant; Port′erhouse-steak (U.S.), a choice cut of beef-steak next to the sirloin.—adv. Port′erly, like a porter: coarse. [O. Fr. porteur—L. portāre, to carry.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Porter

    Another name for “Entire,” which was first retailed at “The Blue Last” in Curtain Road, Finsbury. Finding that it was in great request by the porters who frequented that house of call, the publican dropped the name of “Entire” and called it “Porter.”

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Porter in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Porter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Porter in a Sentence

  1. Adam Smith:

    The difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of; and the very different genius which appears to distinguish men of different professions, when grown up to maturity, is not upon many occasions so much the cause as the effect of the division of labour. The difference between the most dissimilar characters, between a philosopher and a common street porter, for example, seems to arise not so much from nature as from habit, custom, and education. When they came into the world, and for the first six or eight years of their existence, they were perhaps very much alike, and neither their parents nor playfellows could perceive any remarkable difference...

  2. Katie Porter:

    I'll take that bet any time, i do my own taxes. I'm California Democratic Rep. Katie Porter. I serve with a number of really bright people, folks who have owned small businesses, folks who have been venture capitalists.

  3. Proverb:

    Any man with two wives becomes a porter

  4. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

    Rob Porter’s resigning from the White House but will stay on to ensure a smooth transition forward.

  5. William Murtha:

    There is an absolute absence of evidence that officer Porter acted in an unreasonable manner.

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