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  1. a light, open carriage, usually with a hood, especially a one-horse, two-wheeled carriage for two persons; shay.
  2. post chaise.
  3. a chaise longue, especially a light one used out of doors.
  4. Also called chaise d'or [sheyz dawr] /ʃeɪz ˈdɔr/. Numismatics.
    1. a gold coin of France, first issued in the early 14th century, which bears a figure of the king seated on a large throne.
    2. an Anglo-Gallic copy of this coin, issued by Edward III.

Origin of chaise

1695–1705; < French, variant of chaire chair
Can be confusedchaise chase

La Chaise

[la shez]
  1. Père Fran·çois d'Aix de [frahn-swa de duh] /frɑ̃ˈswa dɛ də/, 1624–1709, French Roman Catholic priest: confessor to Louis XIV. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for chaise

Contemporary Examples of chaise

Historical Examples of chaise

  • And her agitated hand waved to them from a chaise window, and she was gone.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Your messenger finds me just setting out for London: the chaise at the door.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The horse was accordingly put in, and the chaise brought round to the door.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • In five minutes' time the chaise was ready, and this good scapegrace in his saddle.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Barnaby, my man, help me to put him in the chaise, and we'll ride home together.'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for chaise


  1. a light open horse-drawn carriage, esp one with two wheels designed for two passengers
  2. short for post chaise, chaise longue
  3. a gold coin first issued in France in the 14th century, depicting the king seated on a throne

Word Origin for chaise

C18: from French, variant of Old French chaiere chair
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Word Origin and History for chaise

1701, "pleasure carriage," from French chaise "chair" (15c.), dialectal variant of chaire (see chair (n.)) due to 15c.-16c. Parisian accent swapping of -r- and -s-, a habit often satirized by French writers. French chair and chaise then took respectively the senses of "high seat, throne, pulpit" and "chair, seat." Chaise lounge (1800) is corruption of French chaise longue "long chair," the second word confused in English with lounge.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper