porte cochere


[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.
Also, porte-cochère.

1690–1700; < French: gate for coaches

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porte-cochere (ˌpɔːtkɒˈʃɛə)
1.  a large covered entrance for vehicles leading into a courtyard
2.  a large roof projecting over a drive to shelter travellers entering or leaving vehicles
[C17: from French: carriage entrance, from porte gateway + coche coach]

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