Definition of porte cochère in US 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 discharge passengers.


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


porte cochère

/ˌpôrt kōˈSHer/