from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An arbor or a passageway of columns supporting a roof of trelliswork on which climbing plants are trained to grow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A framework in the form of a passageway of columns that supports a trelliswork roof; used to support and train climbing plants

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lit., an arbor or bower

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of arbor; a sort of balcony.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a framework that supports climbing plants


Italian, from Latin pergula.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian pergola, from Latin pergula. (Wiktionary)



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  • The pronunciation given for this word (as of 2 Jan 2010), / ˈpərgoʊklə, gjuklə /, cannot be right; specifically, the extraneous "k" sound.

    January 3, 2010

  • A pergola is a garden feature forming a shaded walk or passageway of pillars that support cross beams and a sturdy open lattice, upon which woody vines are trained. As a type of gazebo, it may also be part of a building, as protection for an open terrace. The origin of the word is the Late Latin pergula, referring to a projecting eave. The term was borrowed for English from Italian, mentioned in an Italian context in 1645 and used in an English context in 1675.

    June 9, 2008

  • "Let's have cheese and white wine under that pergola," suggested Van.

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor

    June 5, 2008