A porter is someone who carries luggage for tourists. If you ever travel by train across the country, you'll be grateful to the porter.

The person at an airport, train station, or hotel who's paid to help with your luggage is a porter. It's also the name of a train employee who assists passengers traveling in sleeper cars. The word porter comes from the Latin portatorem, one who carries. The dark, sweet beer known as porter or porter's ale comes from the same root word — because its taste and low price was the favorite of porters and other laborers.

Definitions of porter
  1. noun
    a person employed to carry luggage and supplies
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    a porter who helps passengers with their baggage at a railroad station
    a porter who helps passengers with their baggage at an airport
    type of:
    jack, laborer, labourer, manual laborer
    someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
  2. noun
    a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars)
    synonyms: Pullman porter
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    type of:
    a worker who is hired to perform a job
  3. verb
    carry luggage or supplies
    “They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists”
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    type of:
    carry, transport
    move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
  4. noun
    a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley
    synonyms: porter's beer
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    type of:
    a general name for beer made with a top fermenting yeast; in some of the United States an ale is (by law) a brew of more than 4% alcohol by volume
  5. noun
    someone who guards an entrance
    synonyms: door guard, doorkeeper, doorman, gatekeeper, hall porter, ostiary
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    a uniformed doorman
    night porter
    a porter on duty during the night
    ticket collector, ticket taker
    someone who is paid to admit only those who have purchased tickets
    type of:
    a person who keeps watch over something or someone
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