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"porter" in British English

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porternoun

uk   /ˈpɔː.tər/ us   /ˈpɔːr.t̬ɚ/
  • porter noun (PERSON)

[C] a person whose job is to carry things, especially travellers' bags at railway stations, airports, hotels etc.: There aren't any porters, so we'll have to find a trolley for the luggage.
UK US doorman [C] someone whose job is to take care of a large building where many people live and be present at its entrance in order to help people who live or visit there: The porter opened the door for me and then called a taxi.
US [C] a person whose job is to help travellers who are spending the night on a train by arranging their bed, taking care of their bags, etc.
  • porter noun (DRINK)

[C or U] a type of dark beer: a glass of porter
(Definition of porter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"porter" in American English

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porternoun [C]

us   /ˈpɔr·t̬ər, ˈpoʊr-/
a person whose job is to carry bags at railroad stations and airports
A porter is also a person whose job is to clean, esp. in a large building.
(Definition of porter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"porter" in Business English

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porternoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɔːtər/ us  
a person whose job is to carry things, especially travellers' bags at railway stations, airports, hotels, etc.
UK US doorman a person whose job is to be present at the entrance to a large building, for example a hotel, in order to help visitors
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(Definition of porter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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