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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, ​especiallytravellers' ​bags at ​railwaystations, ​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 ​largebuilding where many ​peoplelive and be ​present at ​itsentrance in ​order to ​helppeople 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 ​helptravellers who are ​spending the ​night on a ​train by ​arrangingtheirbed, taking ​care of ​theirbags, etc.
  • porter noun (DRINK)

[C or U] a ​type of ​darkbeer: 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 ​carrybags at ​railroadstations and ​airports A porter is also a ​person whose ​job is to ​clean, esp. in a ​largebuilding.
(Definition of porter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"porter" in Business English

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porternoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpɔːtər/
a ​person whose ​job is to ​carry things, especially ​travellers' bags at ​railwaystations, ​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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