A covered drive in front of a house.
An example of a porte cochère is the covered area outside of a mansion's entrance used to protect people leaving their cars and going inside during rain.
- a large entrance gateway into a courtyard
- a kind of porch roof projecting over a driveway at an entrance, as of a house
Origin of porte-cochereFrench porte, a gate (see port) + cochère, coach, feminine adjective from coche: see coach
- A roofed structure covering a driveway at the entrance of a building to provide shelter while entering or leaving a vehicle.
- Archaic A carriage entrance leading through a building or wall into an inner courtyard.
Origin of porte-cochereFrench porte cochère porte door cochère for coaches
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