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or charabanc

[shar-uh-bang, -bangk; French sha-ra-bahn] /ˈʃær əˌbæŋ, -ˌbæŋk; French ʃa raˈbɑ̃/
noun, plural char-à-bancs
[-bangz, -bangks; French sha-ra-bahn] /-ˌbæŋz, -ˌbæŋks; French ʃa raˈbɑ̃/ (Show IPA).
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Jones, without the slightest hesitation, climbed into the char-a-banc.

    The Man Who Lost Himself

    H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • The char-a-banc drawn by two strong horses was in waiting at the base of the hill.

    Which? Ernest Daudet
  • The development of char-a-banc tours is another indication of the attractionand the increasing attractionof Natural Beauty.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • 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.

    The Man Who Lost Himself

    H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • He was looking about him from right to left, but he never looked once at the char-a-banc and its contents.

    The Man Who Lost Himself

    H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • After an excellent lunch at the town hotel we left by motors and char-a-banc for the field hospitals.

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