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[French ka-lesh; English kuh-lesh] /French kaˈlɛʃ; English kəˈlɛʃ/
noun, plural calèches
[French kalesh; English kuh-lesh-iz] /French ˈkalɛʃ; English kəˈlɛʃ ɪz/ (Show IPA)
Also, calash. (especially in Quebec, Canada) a type of calash pulled by a single horse, seating two passengers and having two wheels and a folding top.
calash (def 1).
Origin of calèche
From French, dating back to 1660-70; See origin at calash Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But, pray, don't mind your luggage, for my caleche is loaded.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  • Well, then, as I am going thither, perhaps you will accept of a seat in my caleche?

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • Behind the caleche galloped the suite and a convoy of Croats.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Almost at the head of the line she could see the raised hood of Prince Andrew's caleche.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • A small black and white spaniel followed the caleche, yapping.

    Letters from America Rupert Brooke
  • If, when she drove by in her caleche, some stranger had asked, "Who is she?"

    A Start in Life Honore de Balzac
  • As the Canon of Toledo returned to the caleche, he had spoken a word to the post-boy.

    Eve and David Honore de Balzac
  • I will drive along this avenue in a caleche with a chasseur behind me!

  • Father told me to be sure and have a ride in a 'caleche,' as he called it.

    Bob Hunt in Canada

    George W. Orton
  • The caleche turned into the park, and in a few minutes they met.

    Helen Maria Edgeworth
British Dictionary definitions for caleche


/French kalɛʃ/
a variant of calash
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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