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porte cochère

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The porte cochère at Marylebone Station, London, is high enough for double-deckers to pass underneath.

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Borrowed from French porte cochère.



porte cochère (plural porte cochères)

  1. An open-walled roof over a driveway next to the entrance of a building, to shield embarking and disembarking vehicle passengers from the weather.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, [] . By the time we reached the house we were thanking our stars she had come. Mrs. Cooke came out from under the port-cochere to welcome her.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 42:
      I stopped the Packard under the porte-cochère and emptied my pockets out on the seat.
    • 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, page 78:
      The station remains connected to the hotel by a glass canopy or porte-cochère that was much admired by John Betjeman, but you could stand all day under that canopy and not see anyone walk from station to hotel.
    • 2014, Stephen Fry, More Fool Me, Michael Joseph 2014, p. 223:
      The front desk had already made a great fuss of Johnny and Mary, lining up to greet him at the famous porte-cochère as soon as his splendid old Rolls-Royce had arrived [...].

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  • IPA(key): /pɔʁ.t(ə) kɔ.ʃɛʁ/


porte cochère f (plural portes cochères)

  1. porte cochère