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porte-co•chere  (pôrt′kō shâr, -kə-, pōrt′-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Transport, Architecturea covered carriage entrance leading into a courtyard.
  2. Transport, Architecturea porch at the door of a building for sheltering persons entering and leaving carriages.
Also,  porte′-co•chère. 
  • French: gate for coaches
  • 1690–1700


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porte-cochere /ˌpɔːtkɒˈʃɛə/ n
  1. a large covered entrance for vehicles leading into a courtyard
  2. a large roof projecting over a drive to shelter travellers entering or leaving vehicles
Etymology: 17th Century: from French: carriage entrance, from porte gateway + coche coach



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