[shar-uh-bang, -bangk; French sha-ra-bahn]
- a large bus used on sightseeing tours, especially one with open sides and no center aisle.
Origin of char-à-banc
1810–20; back formation from French char-à-bancs literally, car with benches, the -s being taken as plural ending of word as a whole
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Examples from the Web for char-a-banc
Jones, without the slightest hesitation, climbed into the char-a-banc.
The char-a-banc drawn by two strong horses was in waiting at the base of the hill.Which?
The development of char-a-banc tours is another indication of the attractionand the increasing attractionof Natural Beauty.The Heart of Nature
Send to Pere Cognette for a horse and a char-a-banc, and say we want them instantly: they must be here in five minutes.The Two Brothers
Honore de Balzac
A blackboard announced in white chalk: “Two hours drive two shillings,” and the congregation in the char-a-banc had that stamp.