or char·a·banc

[shar-uh-bang, -bangk; French sha-ra-bahn]

noun, plural char-à-bancs [-bangz, -bangks; French sha-ra-bahn] /-ˌbæŋz, -ˌbæŋks; French ʃa raˈbɑ̃/. British.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for char-a-banc

Historical Examples of char-a-banc

  • 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.


    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