porte cochere


porte co·​chere ˌpȯrt-kō-ˈsher How to pronounce porte cochere (audio)
: a passageway through a building or screen wall designed to let vehicles pass from the street to an interior courtyard
: a roofed structure extending from the entrance of a building over an adjacent driveway and sheltering those getting in or out of vehicles

Examples of porte cochere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The welcome begins at the entry with a grand porte cochere that signals something new. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 17 Oct. 2023 The concrete columns form a porte cochere, where owners drive through to a basement garage (spaces are $200,000) and take an elevator straight to their floors, avoiding the neighborhood entirely. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 7 Mar. 2023 Thanks to the nature reserves, the property feels more like 15 acres, with immaculate landscaping and a custom drive-through porte cochere. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 30 May 2023 Led by renowned design firms Rockwell Group and Hart Howerton, the renovation updated the veranda and porte cochere, the grand lobby, guest rooms, ballrooms, and the on-site restaurants. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2023 Landscape architect Janice Parker carefully considered how this area would be viewed from the back of the home, particularly as one passes through the porte cochere. Owen Holmes, House Beautiful, 23 Mar. 2023 The midday Muzak at the stately porte cochere of the Wynn casino was disrupted first by the wheezing of a dying car engine, then the whirl of a siren, then two doors clanking open as a pair of men in retro police costumes stepped out of a 2007 Dodge Charger. Rob Copeland, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2022 There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms (plus a pair of powder rooms)—along with a private elevator, dedicated porte cochere and ceilings that soar upwards of 11 feet from the floor. Dckaufman, Robb Report, 27 July 2022 The original house and this addition stretch across two lots, 320 feet wide, joined at the center through a brick porte cochere. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 6 Nov. 2021

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Word History


French porte cochère, literally, coach door

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of porte cochere was in 1698

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“Porte cochere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porte%20cochere. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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