char-à-banc

or char·a·banc

[ shar-uh-bang, -bangk; French sha-ra-bahn ]
/ ˈʃær əˌbæŋ, -ˌbæŋk; French ʃa raˈbɑ̃ /

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.

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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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