porte cochere

noun porte co·chere \ˌpȯrt-kō-ˈsher\

Definition of porte cochere

  1. 1 :  a passageway through a building or screen wall designed to let vehicles pass from the street to an interior courtyard

  2. 2 :  a roofed structure extending from the entrance of a building over an adjacent driveway and sheltering those getting in or out of vehicles

Origin and Etymology of porte cochere

French porte cochère, literally, coach door

First Known Use: 1698

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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