AskDefine | Define patio

Dictionary Definition

patio n : usually paved outdoor area adjoining a residence [syn: terrace]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP: /ˈpætiəʊ/
  • italbrac US: /ˈpætioʊ/

Noun

  1. A paved outside area, adjoining a house, used for dining or recreation.
  2. An inner courtyard typical of traditional Spanish houses.

Translations

A paved outside area, adjoining a house, used for dining or recreation
An inner courtyard typical of traditional Spanish houses

Derived terms

Spanish

Noun

  1. yard, patio

Extensive Definition

A patio (from the Spanish: patio meaning 'back garden' or 'backyard) is an outdoor space generally used for dining or recreation that often adjoins a residence and is typically paved. It may refer to a roofless inner courtyard of the sort found in Spanish-style dwellings or a paved area between a residence and the garden.
Patios are typically made of concrete or stone slabs laid over a firm base. This base is often formed of a layer of compacted hardcore (stone chips), a layer of sharp sand, and a layer of cement mortar. The firmness and stability of the base is essential to the robustness of the top layer of slabs - an infirm base will typically result in cracked slabs. Patios that hold a lot of weight, such as driveways, require stronger foundations than those that are designed for light use.
In Australia the term Patio is often used to mean any kind of outdoor balcony or verandah.

References

  • "Patio" Encyclopedia Britannica
patio in German: Patio
patio in Spanish: Patio
patio in Esperanto: Korto
patio in Persian: نورخان
patio in French: Patio
patio in Galician: Patio
patio in Polish: Patio
patio in Simple English: Patio
patio in Finnish: Patio
patio in Swedish: Patio
patio in Ukrainian: Патіо
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