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Meaning of porter

por•ter

Pronunciation: (pôr'tur, pōr'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a person hired to carry burdens 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.

por•ter

Pronunciation: (pôr'tur, pōr'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who has charge of a door or gate; doorkeeper.
  2. ostiary (def. 1).

por•ter

Pronunciation: (pôr'tur, pōr'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a heavy, dark-brown ale made with malt browned by drying at a high temperature.

Por•ter

Pronunciation: (pôr'tur, pōr'-), [key]
— n.
  1. 1893–1964, U.S. composer.
  2. 1780–1843, U.S. naval officer.
  3. his son,1813–91, Union naval officer in the Civil War.
  4. (Gene Stratton Porter), 1868–1924, U.S. novelist.
  5. born 1920, British chemist: Nobel prize 1967.
  6. 1890–1980, U.S. writer.
  7. 1811–92, U.S. educator, writer, and lexicographer.
  8. 1917–85, British biochemist: Nobel prize for medicine 1972.
  9. (“O. Henry”), 1862–1910, U.S. short-story writer.
  10. a male given name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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