porte-cochere

or porte-co·chère

[ pawrt-koh-shair, -kuh-, pohrt- ]
/ ˌpɔrt koʊˈʃɛər, -kə-, ˌpoʊrt- /

noun

(in historical use) a covered carriage entrance leading into a courtyard.
a porch or covered area at the door of a building for sheltering persons entering and leaving vehicles: a porte-cochere for protection in wet weather.

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Origin of porte-cochere

First recorded in 1690–1700; French: literally, “gate for coaches”
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British Dictionary definitions for porte-cochere

porte-cochere
/ (ˌpɔːtkɒˈʃɛə) /

noun

a large covered entrance for vehicles leading into a courtyard
a large roof projecting over a drive to shelter travellers entering or leaving vehicles

Word Origin for porte-cochere

C17: from French: carriage entrance, from porte gateway + coche coach
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