• WordNet 3.6
    • n porte-cochere canopy extending out from a building entrance to shelter those getting in and out of vehicles
    • n porte-cochere a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Porte-cochère (Arch) A large doorway allowing vehicles to drive into or through a building. It is common to have the entrance door open upon the passage of the porte-cochère. Also, a porch over a driveway before an entrance door.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Porte-cochere a carriage entrance leading from the street into a building
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Port a gate, and Coach
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. portāre, to carry.


In literature:

The Bulb Lights glow dimly above the Porte Cochere.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
We took refuge on Rue Taitbout, under a porte-cochere.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
So that's how it happens I'm one of the chosen few to be landed under the Cedarholm porte-cochere that Saturday afternoon.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
Next thing I knew we'd pulled up under the porte cochere and was pilin' out.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
The driveway led to a side entrance under a porte-cochere.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
His face was pale and serious when, at evening, he rode into the porte-cochere of the Chateau de Nesville and dismounted, stiffly.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
But while his elders alighted, under the porte cochere, Paul did not smile.
"On the Edge of the Arctic" by Harry Lincoln Sayler
These houses are built as regularly as those in Park Crescent, and are two stories high above the Porte Cochere.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845" by Various
She stopped them, finally, under the old tumbled down porte-cochere of the hotel.
"Polly's Senior Year at Boarding School" by Dorothy Whitehill
It was about 6 o'clock when the Tescheron coach drew up at the old port-cochere, and no one but the night clerk was about.
"Cupid's Middleman" by Edward B. Lent
Anyway, it was a mighty disappointed trio that sized her up when I landed her under the porte cochere.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
There was a porte-cochere but no balcony.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
And once more, across the street the solitary figure also halted and stood unstirring under a porte-cochere.
"The Moonlit Way" by Robert W. Chambers
At the porte-cochere Gladys and Patsie came rushing out with frightened faces.
"Making Money" by Owen Johnson
Servan, the Russian agent, stood waiting for the taxi-cab to roll up to the porte-cochere for himself, Braine and Vroon.
"The Million Dollar Mystery" by Harold MacGrath
The poor child went under a porte cochere and began to cry.
"Sister Anne (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume X)" by Charles Paul de Kock
The porte-cochere was on this side of the house and the home-comers, whoever they were, would doubtless enter there.
"The Rest Hollow Mystery" by Rebecca N. Porter
From the porte-cochere the drive passed round both sides down to the stables, and in the center was a lawn with a screen of shrubbery.
"The Spell of Belgium" by Isabel Anderson
After breakfast I and Mr. Brandon were standing under the porte-cochere, looking about us.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Comtois had long since returned to his duties and the tutor was still in front of the porte cochere.
"The Bashful Lover (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIX)" by Charles Paul de Kock

In news:

Raise your hand if you have no idea what Porte Cochere is.
The Radisson Hotel Northbrook has a bright future thanks to $14 million in upgrades over the past two years, including two huge chandeliers atop the port cochere.
A general view of the porte cochere at the Sahara Hotel April 13, 2006 in Las Vegas.