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Today we’re looking at the various origins of the word veranda.
A veranda [vəˈɹæn.də] is:
- A porch or balcony, usually roofed and often partly enclosed, extending along the outside of a building.
It comes from Hindi बरामदा [bə.ɾɑːm.d̪ɑː] (barāmdā – porch, veranda, gallery, balcony), from Portuguese varanda [vɐˈɾɐ̃.dɐ] (balcony, veranda, terrace, porch), possibly from Latin vāra (fork, tripod, easel), from vārus (bent outwards, bandy) from PIE *h₁weh₂- (separate) [source].
Alternatively veranda might be related to the Sanskrit word वरण्ड (varaṇḍa – barrier, partition) [source], and/or the Spanish word baranda (railing, banister, handrail, balustrade) [source].
English words that probably come from the same Latin root (vārus), include various, vary and variety [source].
Here’s a video I made of this information:
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