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por·ter 1

 (pôr′tər)
n.
1. A person employed to carry burdens, especially an attendant who carries travelers' baggage at a hotel or transportation station.
2. A railroad employee who waits on passengers in a sleeping car or parlor car.
3. A maintenance worker for a building or institution.

[Middle English portour, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin portātor, from Latin portāre, to carry; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

por·ter 2

 (pôr′tər)
n. Chiefly British
One in charge of a gate or door.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin portārius, from Latin porta, gate; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

por·ter 3

 (pôr′tər)
n.
A dark beer resembling light stout, made from malt browned or charred by drying at a high temperature.

[Short for porter's ale (probably so called because it was favored by laborers in the 1700s).]

porter

(ˈpɔːtə)
n
1. a person employed to carry luggage, parcels, supplies, etc, esp at a railway station or hotel
2. (in hospitals) a person employed to move patients from place to place
3. (Railways) US and Canadian a railway employee who waits on passengers, esp in a sleeper
4. E African a manual labourer
[C14: from Old French portour, from Late Latin portātōr, from Latin portāre to carry]

porter

(ˈpɔːtə)
n
1. chiefly Brit a person in charge of a gate or door; doorman or gatekeeper
2. a person employed by a university or college as a caretaker and doorkeeper who also answers enquiries
3. a person in charge of the maintenance of a building, esp a block of flats
4. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church Also called: ostiary a person ordained to what was formerly the lowest in rank of the minor orders
[C13: from Old French portier, from Late Latin portārius doorkeeper, from Latin porta door]

porter

(ˈpɔːtə)
n
(Brewing) Brit a dark sweet ale brewed from black malt
[C18: shortened from porter's ale, apparently because it was a favourite beverage of porters]

Porter

(ˈpɔːtə)
n
1. (Biography) Cole. 1893–1964, US composer and lyricist of musical comedies. His most popular songs include Night and Day and Let's do It
2. (Biography) George, Baron Porter of Luddenham. 1920–2002, British chemist, who shared a Nobel prize for chemistry in 1967 for his work on flash photolysis
3. (Biography) Katherine Anne. 1890–1980, US short-story writer and novelist. Her best-known collections of stories are Flowering Judas (1930) and Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1939)
4. (Biography) Peter. 1929–2010, Australian poet, lived in Britain
5. (Biography) Rodney Robert. 1917–85, British biochemist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1972 for determining the structure of an antibody
6. (Biography) William Sidney. original name of O. Henry

por•ter1

(ˈpɔr 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.
[1350–1400; Middle English, variant of portour < Middle French porteour < Late Latin portātōrem, acc. of portātor. See port5, -or2]

por•ter2

(ˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-)

n.
a person who has charge of a door or gate; doorkeeper.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin portārius gatekeeper]

por•ter3

(ˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-)

n.
a heavy, dark brown ale made with malt browned by drying at a high temperature.
[1720–30; short for porter's ale, appar. orig. brewed for porters]

Por•ter

(ˈpɔr tər, ˈpoʊr-)

n.
1. Cole, 1893–1964, U.S. composer.
2. Sir George, born 1920, British chemist: Nobel prize 1967.
3. Katherine Anne, 1890–1980, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
4. Rodney Robert, 1917–85, British biochemist: Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1972.
5. William Sydney ( “O. Henry” ), 1862–1910, U.S. short-story writer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.porter - a person employed to carry luggage and suppliesporter - a person employed to carry luggage and supplies
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
redcap - a porter who helps passengers with their baggage at a railroad station
skycap - a porter who helps passengers with their baggage at an airport
2.porter - someone who guards an entranceporter - someone who guards an entrance  
commissionaire - a uniformed doorman
guard - a person who keeps watch over something or someone
night porter - a porter on duty during the night
ticket collector, ticket taker - someone who is paid to admit only those who have purchased tickets
3.Porter - United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980)
4.Porter - United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946)
5.porter - United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910)Porter - United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910)
6.porter - a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars)
employee - a worker who is hired to perform a job
7.porter - a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley
ale - a general name for beer made with a top fermenting yeast; in some of the United States an ale is (by law) a brew of more than 4% alcohol by volume
Verb1.porter - carry luggage or supplies; "They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists"
carry, transport - move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body; "You must carry your camping gear"; "carry the suitcases to the car"; "This train is carrying nuclear waste"; "These pipes carry waste water into the river"

porter

1
noun (Chiefly Brit.) doorman, caretaker, janitor, concierge, gatekeeper a porter at the block of flats

porter

2
noun baggage attendant, carrier, bearer, baggage-carrier A porter slammed the baggage compartment doors.
Translations
بَوّاب، حَمّالحارِس ، بوّابشَيَّالعَتّال
nosičvrátný
bærerdørvogterdragerportnerportør
kantaja
nosačnosačica
hordárteherhordó
burîarmaîurdyravörîur
ポーター
포터
nešikas
nesējsšveicars
nosačvratar
vaktmästare
พนักงานยกกระเป๋า
hamalkapıcıyük taşıyıcı
người khuân vác

porter

[ˈpɔːtəʳ]
A. N
1. (Rail, Aer) → maletero m, mozo m de cuerda or de estación, changador m (S. Cone) (US) (Rail) → mozo m de los coches-cama, camarero m (LAm); (touting for custom) → mozo m de cuerda
2. (Brit) [of hotel, office etc] → portero/a m/f
3. (= Sherpa) → porteador m
4. (in hospital) → camillero/a m/f
5. (o.f.) (= beer) → cerveza f negra
B. CPD porter's lodge Nportería f, conserjería f

porter

[ˈpɔːrr] n
(for luggage)porteur m
(block of flats)gardien(ne) m/f; (in hotel, public building)portier mporter's lodge nloge f du gardien (or de la gardienne)

porter

1
n (of office etc)Pförtner(in) m(f), → Portier m, → Portiersfrau f; (= hospital porter)Assistent(in) m(f); (at hotel) → Portier m, → Portiersfrau f; (Rail, at airport) → Gepäckträger(in) m(f); (= Sherpa etc)(Lasten)träger(in) m(f); (US Rail) → Schlafwagenschaffner(in) m(f); porter’s lodgePförtnerloge f

porter

2
n (= beer)Porter m or nt

porter

[ˈpɔːtəʳ] n (of office) → portinaio/a, portiere/a; (of hotel) → portiere/a (Rail, Aer) → facchino, portabagagli m inv (Am) (Rail) → addetto ai vagoni letto

porter

(ˈpoːtə) noun
1. 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.
2. a person whose job is to carry things eg in rough country where there is no other form of transport. He set off into the jungle with three porters.
3. a doorman or attendant in a hotel etc. a hospital porter.

porter

شَيَّال nosič portner Portier αχθοφόρος mozo kantaja portier nosač facchino ポーター 포터 kruier portner portier carregador носильщик vaktmästare พนักงานยกกระเป๋า hamal người khuân vác 守门人
References in classic literature ?
George Willard was the re- porter on the Winesburg Eagle and sometimes in the evenings he walked out along the highway to Wing Biddlebaum's house.
Larry Donovan was a passenger conductor, one of those train-crew aristocrats who are always afraid that someone may ask them to put up a car-window, and who, if requested to perform such a menial service, silently point to the button that calls the porter.
When the porter is sleepy, the anvil-headed whale would be best.
Well, I've been employing a man as a porter, and he drinks.
First, the personage who is called the PORTIER (who is not the PORTER, but is a sort of first-mate of a hotel)
Are you certain that no servant, no porter has left any letter or note?
Outside Tellson's--never by any means in it, unless called in--was an odd-job-man, an occasional porter and messenger, who served as the live sign of the house.
and the fiddler plunged his hot face into a pot of porter, especially provided for that purpose.
I was such a child, and so little, that frequently when I went into the bar of a strange public-house for a glass of ale or porter, to moisten what I had had for dinner, they were afraid to give it me.
Yet in the London streets, so crowded with people and so brilliantly lighted in the dusk of evening, there were depressing hints of reproaches for that I had put the poor old kitchen at home so far away; and in the dead of night, the footsteps of some incapable impostor of a porter mooning about Barnard's Inn, under pretence of watching it, fell hollow on my heart.
In the reign of the Caliph Haroun-al-Raschid, there lived at Bagdad a porter who, in spite of his humble calling, was an intelligent and sensible man.
Eugenie concealed Louise in an angle of the gateway, so that if the porter chanced to awake he might see but one person.