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Definition of porter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    porter

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈpɔːtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrtər//
     
    Train and bus travel, Hotel people
     
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  1. 1a person whose job is carrying people’s bags and other loads, especially at a train station, an airport or in a hotel Some Sherpas act as guides and porters for mountaineering expeditions. see also kitchen porter See related entries: Train and bus travel, Hotel people
  2. 2(British English) a person whose job is to move patients from one place to another in a hospital
  3. 3(British English) a person whose job is to be in charge of the entrance to a hotel, large building, college, etc. the night porter The hotel porter will get you a taxi. compare doorman
  4. 4(North American English) a person whose job is helping passengers on a train, especially in a sleeping car
  5. Word Origin senses 1 to 2 and sense 4 Middle English: from Old French porteour, from medieval Latin portator, from Latin portare ‘carry’. sense 3 Middle English: from Old French portier, from late Latin portarius, from porta ‘gate, door’.
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