American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A carriage entrance leading through a building or wall into an inner courtyard.
- n. A roofed structure covering a driveway at the entrance of a building to provide shelter while entering or leaving a vehicle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A carriage-entrance in a building; a gate and passage for carriages leading through a building, as a town-house or hotel, from the street to an interior court.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. a carriage entrance passing through a building to an enclosed courtyard
- n. canopy extending out from a building entrance to shelter those getting in and out of vehicles
- French porte cochère : porte, door + cochère, for coaches. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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