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[sheyz] /ʃeɪz/
a light, open carriage, usually with a hood, especially a one-horse, two-wheeled carriage for two persons; shay.
a chaise longue, especially a light one used out of doors.
Also called chaise d'or, C02/C0299000 sheyz dawr, ʃeɪz ˈdɔr. Numismatics.
  1. a gold coin of France, first issued in the early 14th century, which bears a figure of the king seated on a large throne.
  2. an Anglo-Gallic copy of this coin, issued by Edward III.
Origin of chaise
1695-1705; < French, variant of chaire chair
Can be confused
chaise, chase.

La Chaise

[la shez] /la ˈʃɛz/
Père François d'Aix de
[frahn-swa de duh] /frɑ̃ˈswa dɛ də/ (Show IPA),
1624–1709, French Roman Catholic priest: confessor to Louis XIV. Unabridged
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  • He sits in his chaise while I pick the flowers by the roadside.

  • Set off to the mountain ¼ past 4; a chaise near being upset.

  • He then left the room, intending to send a man and horse after the chaise, to desire his two nieces to return immediately.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • The chaise moved on for a moment, then suddenly stopped with a jerk.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • Antonio looked up this yard and saw an elderly gentleman there, just getting into a chaise.

  • She sprang up beside the driver, while her aunt was helped into the chaise.

    The Queen's Scarlet George Manville Fenn
  • Cecilia was accompanied by her maid in the chaise, and her own servant and one of Mrs Delvile's attended her on horseback.

    Cecilia, Volume 2 (of 3) Frances (Fanny) Burney (Madame d'Arblay)
  • My uncle and old Jerry had gone in the buggy after Tom's horse and chaise.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for chaise


a light open horse-drawn carriage, esp one with two wheels designed for two passengers
a gold coin first issued in France in the 14th century, depicting the king seated on a throne
Word Origin
C18: from French, variant of Old French chaierechair
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Word Origin and History for chaise

1701, "pleasure carriage," from French chaise "chair" (15c.), dialectal variant of chaire (see chair (n.)) due to 15c.-16c. Parisian accent swapping of -r- and -s-, a habit often satirized by French writers. French chair and chaise then took respectively the senses of "high seat, throne, pulpit" and "chair, seat." Chaise lounge (1800) is corruption of French chaise longue "long chair," the second word confused in English with lounge.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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