- Also calèche. a light vehicle pulled by one or two horses, seating two to four passengers, and having two or four wheels, a seat for a driver on a splashboard, and sometimes a folding top.
- a folding top of a carriage.
- calèche(def 1).
- a bonnet that folds back like the top of a calash, worn by women in the 18th century.
Origin of calash
1660–70; < French calèche < German Kalesche < Czech kolesa carriage, literally, wheels; see wheel
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Examples from the Web for calash
Besides his barge on the river he had a coach, a calash, and a sedan chair.William Penn
Rupert S. Holland
A quarter of an hour later he was seated in his calash with his servant.The Diary of a Superfluous Man and Other Stories
He then prepared to set off in a calash, accompanied by Bertrand.Military Career of Napoleon the Great
Montgomery B. Gibbs
We cannot be sure whether she wore a Leghorn hat or a calash.
Here I pause for a moment; I remember a calash, in my childhood.
- a horse-drawn carriage with low wheels and a folding top
- the folding top of such a carriage
- a woman's folding hooped hood worn in the 18th century
C17: from French calèche, from German Kalesche, from Czech kolesa wheels
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