or porte-co·chère

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


a covered carriage entrance leading into a courtyard.
a porch at the door of a building for sheltering persons entering and leaving carriages.

Nearby words

  1. portance,
  2. portative,
  3. portative organ,
  4. portcullis,
  5. porte,
  6. portend,
  7. portent,
  8. portentous,
  9. porter,
  10. porter chair

Origin of porte-cochere

1690–1700; < French: gate for coaches

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British Dictionary definitions for porte-cochere


/ (ˌpɔːtkɒˈʃɛə) /


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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