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[French ka-lesh; English kuh-lesh]
noun, plural ca·lèches [French kalesh; English kuh-lesh-iz] /French ˈkalɛʃ; English kəˈlɛʃ ɪz/.
  1. Also calash. (especially in Quebec, Canada) a type of calash pulled by a single horse, seating two passengers and having two wheels and a folding top.
  2. calash(def 1).
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Origin of calèche

From French, dating back to 1660–70; see origin at calash
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Examples from the Web for caleche

Historical Examples of caleche

  • But, pray, don't mind your luggage, for my caleche is loaded.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete

    Charles James Lever (1806-1872)

  • Well, then, as I am going thither, perhaps you will accept of a seat in my caleche?

  • Behind the caleche galloped the suite and a convoy of Croats.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • Almost at the head of the line she could see the raised hood of Prince Andrew's caleche.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • A small black and white spaniel followed the caleche, yapping.

British Dictionary definitions for caleche


  1. a variant of calash
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