- the former Ottoman court or government in Turkey.
Origin of Porte
- a city in NW Indiana.
- a town in S Texas.
Examples from the Web for porte
His residence is at the Porte, where he has one of the splendid palaces.
He quickened his steps in the direction of the Porte de Rome.
When he again joined the insurgents they had reached the Porte de Rome.
How is this difficulty about the new Greek envoy to the Porte to end?Lord Kilgobbin
But it seemed useless for me to sit at the porte waiting to be let in.
- Also called: Sublime Porte the court or government of the Ottoman Empire
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.