Definition of porte cochère in English:

porte cochère

Syllabification: porte co·chère
Pronunciation: /ˌpôrt kōˈSHe(ə)r


  • 1A covered entrance large enough for vehicles to pass through, typically opening into a courtyard.
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    • She rinsed off her hands in the sink, wiped them on the towel hanging from one side of her apron, and left the kitchen, headed for the porte cochère.
  • 1.1North American A porch where vehicles stop to discharge passengers.


late 17th century: French, literally 'coach gateway'.

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