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or porte-cochère

[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.
Origin of porte-cochere
1690-1700; < French: gate for coaches Unabridged
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  • He saw Macloud, as he passed—out on the piazza beyond the porte-cochere, and he waved his hand to him.

    In Her Own Right John Reed Scott
  • I leaned now against the porte-cochere, and mopped myself vigorously.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Mean though the place was, it was equipped with a stable-yard, to which admittance was gained by a porte-cochere on the right.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • From the porte-cochere he hastened to the door, rang the bell, and asked for her.

    The Short Line War Samuel Merwin
  • To-night at ten o'clock she will leave the porte-cochere unlatched.

    El Dorado Baroness Orczy
  • At any rate it was parked in the porte-cochere not fifty feet distant!

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
  • After an enmity of forty-four years the two antagonists met beneath a porte-cochere in the Rue Saint-Honore.

    Ursula Honore de Balzac
  • The drive was exhilarating, and by the time he pulled up in the porte-cochere he had himself well in control.

    The Short Line War Samuel Merwin
  • She pointed to Shirley Sumner's car parked under the porte-cochere.

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
  • He paused for one breathless moment under the porte-cochere of the opera house; then he took a long breath and turned to the left.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
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
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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