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  1. Also calèche. a light vehicle pulled by one or two horses, seating two to four passengers, and having two or four wheels, a seat for a driver on a splashboard, and sometimes a folding top.
  2. a folding top of a carriage.
  3. calèche(def 1).
  4. a bonnet that folds back like the top of a calash, worn by women in the 18th century.
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Origin of calash

1660–70; < French calèche < German Kalesche < Czech kolesa carriage, literally, wheels; see wheel
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Related Words for calash

cover, bonnet, shade, awning, canopy, calash

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Historical Examples of calash

  • Besides his barge on the river he had a coach, a calash, and a sedan chair.

    William Penn

    Rupert S. Holland

  • A quarter of an hour later he was seated in his calash with his servant.

  • He then prepared to set off in a calash, accompanied by Bertrand.

  • Here I pause for a moment; I remember a calash, in my childhood.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

  • We cannot be sure whether she wore a Leghorn hat or a calash.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

British Dictionary definitions for calash



  1. a horse-drawn carriage with low wheels and a folding top
  2. the folding top of such a carriage
  3. a woman's folding hooped hood worn in the 18th century
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Word Origin for calash

C17: from French calèche, from German Kalesche, from Czech kolesa wheels
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