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or porte-co·chere  (pôrt′kō-shâr′)
1. A roofed structure covering a driveway at the entrance of a building to provide shelter while entering or leaving a vehicle.
2. Archaic A carriage entrance leading through a building or wall into an inner courtyard.

[French porte cochère : porte, door + cochère, for coaches.]


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


or porte-co•chère

(ˌpɔrt koʊˈʃɛər, -kə-, ˌpoʊrt-)

1. a covered entrance for vehicles leading into a courtyard.
2. a porch roof at the door of a building for sheltering people entering or leaving vehicles.
[1690–1700; < French: gate for coaches]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.porte-cochere - a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyardporte-cochere - a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard
entrance, entranceway, entryway, entree, entry - something that provides access (to get in or get out); "they waited at the entrance to the garden"; "beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral"
2.porte-cochere - canopy extending out from a building entrance to shelter those getting in and out of vehicles
canopy - a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather


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As she stepped nearer and peered longingly out, she saw something else: she saw, only a little way below the window, the wide, flat tin roof of Miss Polly's sun parlor built over the porte-cochere.
The three machines stood like weird night monsters at the gravelled foot of the wide stairway under the unlighted porte-cochere.
As he rounded the house to the porte-cochere, he came upon the carriage.
Amongst these would-be fugitives, Jos remarked the Lady Bareacres and her daughter, who sate in their carriage in the porte-cochere of their hotel, all their imperials packed, and the only drawback to whose flight was the same want of motive power which kept Jos stationary.
As she spoke, the porte-cochere was opened and shut, and the old mother heard the steps of her Ginevra in the court-yard.
Dallas conjectured; and moving toward the porte-cochere he put his head into the porter's lodge, and came back to say: "The fifth.
One side of the porte-cochere, being left open, allowed the passers in the street to see in the midst of the vast courtyard a flower-bed, the raised earth of which was held in place by a low privet hedge.
The facade has porte-cochere, where guests can be dropped off.
Mediterranean Villa with porte-cochere, inlaid wood doors, great room with vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams, fireplace, wetbar and lounge area.
As soon as you pass through the porte-cochere entrance of your building and enter the sumptuous lobby, you will know that you have come to the right place.
In keeping with this, the exterior is comprised of a porte-cochere entry, flanked by a combination of brick veneer masonry and clapboard siding.
The seven-story prototype, developed with renowned hospitality design firm Krause+Sawyer, brings the outside in upon arrival with a wood trellis porte-cochere and a living wall made of moss and weathered wood which extends indoors.