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Definitions for porter
ˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-porter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. porternoun

    a person employed to carry luggage and supplies

  2. doorkeeper, doorman, door guard, hall porter, porter, gatekeeper, ostiarynoun

    someone who guards an entrance

  3. Porter, Katherine Anne Porternoun

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

  4. Porter, Cole Porter, Cole Albert Porternoun

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

  5. Porter, William Sydney Porter, O. Henrynoun

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

  6. porter, Pullman porternoun

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

  7. porter, porter's beerverb

    a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley

  8. porterverb

    carry luggage or supplies

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PORTERnoun

    Etymology: portier, Fr. from porta, Lat. a gate.

    Porter, remember what I give in charge,
    And, when you’ve so done, bring the keys to me. William Shakespeare.

    Arm all my houshold presently, and charge
    The porter he let no man in till day. Ben Jonson.

    Nic. Frog demanded to be his porter, and his fishmonger, to keep the keys of his gates, and furnish the kitchen. Arb.

    A fav’rite porter with his master vie,
    Be brib’d as often, and as often lie. Alexander Pope.

    It is with kings sometimes as with porters, whose packs may jostle one against the other, yet remain good friends still. James Howell.

    By porter, who can tell, whether I mean a man who bears burthens, or a servant who waits at a gate? Isaac Watts.


  1. porter

    A porter is a person employed to carry luggage and other loads, especially in a railroad station, an airport, or a hotel. It also refers to a person responsible for the supervision of a particular place or activity, such as a gatekeeper or doorkeeper. In beer terminology, porter is a kind of dark, sweet ale that is brewed from black malt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Porternoun

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

  2. Porternoun

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

  3. Porternoun

    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. Porternoun

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

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


  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.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Porter is ranked #159 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Porter surname appeared 163,054 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 55 would have the surname Porter.

    68.5% or 111,806 total occurrences were White.
    25.4% or 41,416 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 3,995 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 3,767 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 1,174 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 897 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for porter »

  1. report

  2. troper

  3. porret

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  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. Donald Trump:

    Rob Porter says Rob Porter's innocent and I think you have to remember that, rob Porter said very strongly yesterday that Rob Porter's innocent, but you'll have to talk to Rob Porter about that.

  2. Roy Wright:

    If Jeremy Porter don't have a mortgage, regardless of whether Jeremy Porter're in the highest hazard zone of flooding, it is the homeowner's choice whether or not to have flood insurance.

  3. White House:

    Sanders initially said that Porter would not leave immediately. Rob Porter was a key figure in Trump's White House. (AP) Porter, meanwhile, pushed back strongly on the allegations in the press. These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described. I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign, my commitment to public service speaks for itself. I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump Administration and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House.

  4. Robert Smith Surtees:

    'Humph' grunted Mr. Romford, seeing his worst fears about to be realized. He had dreamt that he had timbled over a poodle in the drawing-room, and squirted a bottle of porter right into a lady's face. 'Who's goin' besides ourselves' asked Romford, wishing to know the worst at once. 'Better be killed than frightened to death,' thought he.

  5. Jeffrey Toobin:

    A hung jury is a defeat for the prosecution, especially when they needed William Porter to make some of these other cases, now, it's not impossible that at least some of these other cases can go to trial without William Porter, but his testimony was going to be important.

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