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Topic: TRANSPORT

Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: porteur, from Late Latin portator, from Latin portare; PORTABLE1

porter

noun
     
por‧ter
1 [countable]BOTT someone whose job is to carry people's bags at railway stations, airports etc
2 [countable] British EnglishMN someone in charge of the entrance to a hotel, hospital etc
3 [countable] British EnglishBO someone whose job is to carry heavy goods at markets
4 [countable] American EnglishBO someone whose job is to look after the part of a train where people sleep
5 [countable] American English someone whose job is to look after a building by cleaning it, repairing things etc
6 [uncountable] old-fashionedDFD a dark brown bitter beer
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