porte-cochère definition

  • noun:
    • A carriage entrance leading through a building or wall into an inner courtyard.
    • A roofed framework covering a driveway at entry of a building to produce refuge while entering or leaving an automobile.
    • A large entrance allowing automobiles to-drive into or through a building. It is common to have the entrance door open upon the passage of the porte-cochère. In addition, a porch over a driveway before an entrance door.
    • A carriage-entrance in a building; a gate and passageway for carriages leading through a building, as a town-house or hotel, from the street to an inside courtroom.
    • a carriage entrance moving through a building to an enclosed courtyard
    • canopy expanding out of a building entry to shelter those getting back in and away from cars

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