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barouche

[buh-roosh]
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noun
  1. a four-wheeled carriage with a high front seat outside for the driver, facing seats inside for two couples, and a calash top over the back seat.

Origin of barouche

1795–1805; < dialectal German Barutsche < Italian baroccio < Vulgar Latin *birotium, equivalent to Late Latin birot(us) two-wheeled (see bi-1, rota1) + -ium -ium
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Historical Examples

  • I told you that I knew the Bow Street runner who was in the barouche.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • A considerable time after, came Lord Lowborough in his barouche.

  • I 'ain't got a idee on earth what to buy, from a broach to a barouche.

  • I applied myself to the sable Jehu of the barouche, but with no better success.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • Then Pense was assisted into the barouche, and drove homewards.

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes


British Dictionary definitions for barouche

barouche

noun
  1. a four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage, popular in the 19th century, having a retractable hood over the rear half, seats inside for two couples facing each other, and a driver's seat outside at the front

Word Origin

C19: from German (dialect) Barutsche, from Italian baroccio, from Vulgar Latin birotium (unattested) vehicle with two wheels, from Late Latin birotus two-wheeled, from bi- 1 + rota wheel
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Word Origin and History for barouche

n.

type of four-wheeled carriage, 1801, from dialectal German barutsche, from Italian baroccio "chariot," originally "two-wheeled car," from Latin birotus "two-wheeled," from bi- "two" + rotus "wheel," from rotare "go around" (see rotary). Frenchified in English, but the word is not French.

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