Meaning of “porter” in the English Dictionary

"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)