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porter (n.1)

"person who carries," late 14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), from Anglo-French portour, Old French porteor "porter, bearer; reporter" (12c.), from Late Latin portatorem (nominative portator) "carrier, one who carries," from past participle stem of Latin portare "to carry," from PIE root *per- (2) "to lead, pass over."

porter (n.2)

"doorkeeper, janitor," mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Anglo-French portour, Old French portier "gatekeeper" (12c.), from Late Latin portarius "gatekeeper," from Latin porta "city gate, gate; door, entrance," from PIE root *per- (2) "to lead, pass over."

porter (n.3)

type of dark beer, 1734, short for porter's ale (1721), from porter (n.1), because the beer was made for or preferred by porters and other laborers, being cheap and strong.

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Definitions of porter from WordNet
1
porter (n.)
a person employed to carry luggage and supplies;
porter (n.)
someone who guards an entrance;
Synonyms: doorkeeper / doorman / door guard / hall porter / gatekeeper / ostiary
porter (n.)
a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars);
Synonyms: Pullman porter
porter (n.)
a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley;
Synonyms: porter's beer
2
porter (v.)
carry luggage or supplies;
They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists
3
Porter (n.)
United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980);
Synonyms: Katherine Anne Porter
Porter (n.)
United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946);
Synonyms: Cole Porter / Cole Albert Porter
Porter (n.)
United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910);
Synonyms: William Sydney Porter / O. Henry
From wordnet.princeton.edu