Definition of porte cochère in English:

porte cochère


  • 1A covered entrance large enough for vehicles to pass through, typically opening into a courtyard.

    ‘She rinsed off her hands in the sink, wiped them on the towel hanging from one side of her apron, and left the kitchen, headed for the porte cochère.’
    1. 1.1North American A porch where vehicles stop to set down passengers.


Late 17th century French, literally ‘coach gateway’.


porte cochère

/ˌpɔːt kɒˈʃɛː/