[ pawrt, pohrt ]
/ pɔrt, poʊrt /


the former Ottoman court or government in Turkey.

Origin of Porte

short for Sublime Porte High Gate, French translation of the Turkish official title Babιâli, with reference to the palace gate at which justice was administered

Official name Sublime Porte.

La Porte

[ luh pawrt, pohrt ]
/ lə ˈpɔrt, ˈpoʊrt /


a city in NW Indiana.
a town in S Texas.
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/ (pɔːt) /


Also called: Sublime Porte the court or government of the Ottoman Empire

Word Origin for Porte

C17: shortened from French Sublime Porte High Gate, rendering the Turkish title Babi Ali, the imperial gate, which was regarded as the seat of government

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Word Origin and History for porte



"Ottoman court at Constantinople," c.1600, from French, in full, la Sublime Porte, translation of Arabic al-Bab al-'Ali, literally "lofty gate," official name of the central office of the Ottoman government (cf. Vatican for "the Papacy," White House for "the United States"). Supposedly a reference to the ancient custom of holding royal audience in the doorway of a king's palace or tent.

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