or porte-co·chère

[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.


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • "I think I am mad, Bouvard," answered Minoret from the steps of the porte-cochere.


    Honore de Balzac

  • This key will admit you to the side door under the porte-cochere.


    Eleanor H. Porter

  • Under the porte-cochere she found the doctor waiting in his gig.


    Eleanor H. Porter

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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