1. a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars)

    Synonyms : pullman porter
    Type Of : employee
  2. someone who guards an entrance

    Synonyms : door guard, doorkeeper, doorman, gatekeeper, hall porter, ostiary
    Type Of : guard
  3. United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946)

    Synonyms : cole albert porter, cole porter
  4. United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910)

    Synonyms : o. henry, william sydney porter
  5. a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley

    Synonyms : porter's beer
    Type Of : ale
  6. United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980)

    Synonyms : katherine anne porter
  7. a person employed to carry luggage and supplies

    Type Of : manual laborer, jack, labourer, laborer
  8. carry luggage or supplies

    Type Of : carry, transport
    Examples :
    • They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists