From Wikipedia: "A patio (from the Spanish: patio meaning 'back garden' or 'backyard') is an outdoor space generally used for dining or recreation that often adjoins a residence and is typically paved. It may refer to a roofless inner courtyard of the sort found in Spanish-style dwellings or a paved area between a residence and a garden."
In our case, it refers to a paved area between house and lawn, which we definitely intend to use for outdoor dining, weather permitting.
I can't begin to tell you what a vast improvement this is on the patch of mossy, weed-covered tarmac that was there before.
I'm hoping for a long summer of outdoor breakfasts, drinks on the terrace and other outdoor delights.