[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 charabanc
Our anniversary addiction is perhaps a way of imposing order on this charabanc of crazy.Memory Porn: America’s Obscene Anniversary Obsession
June 17, 2014
The afternoon was generally given up to some excursion or charabanc drive, and the day finished rather somnolently in the lounge.Joanna Godden
But these futile ebullitions of malice are powerless to check the triumphal progress of the charabanc in the Eastern Counties.
Complete suits of armour, guaranteed bottle-proof, ten guineas each, suitable for elderly pedestrians in charabanc areas.
- British obsolete a motor coach, esp one used for sightseeing tours
C19: from French char-à-bancs, wagon with seats
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Word Origin and History for charabanc
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