[pawrt-koh-shair, -kuh-, pohrt-]
a covered carriage entrance leading into a courtyard.
a porch at the door of a building for sheltering persons entering and leaving carriages.
Origin of porte-cochere
1690–1700; < French: gate for coaches
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Examples from the Web for porte-cochere
Historical Examples of porte-cochere
I leaned now against the porte-cochere, and mopped myself vigorously.
There was a closed car waiting at one side of the porte-cochere.
"I think I am mad, Bouvard," answered Minoret from the steps of the porte-cochere.
This key will admit you to the side door under the porte-cochere.
Under the porte-cochere she found the doctor waiting in his gig.
British Dictionary definitions for porte-cochere
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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Word Origin and History for porte-cochere
gateway for carriages, 1690s, from French porte-cochère, from porte "gate" (see port (n.2)) + cochère, fem. adjective from coche "coach" (see coach (n.)).
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