char-à-banc or char·a·banc [ shar- uh-bang, -bangk; sh French a- r a- bah] n noun, plural char-à-bancs . [-bangz, -bangks; sh French a- r a- bah] n /-ˌbæŋz, -ˌbæŋks; ʃa raˈbɑ̃/ French . 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
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Examples from the Web for charabanc Contemporary Examples of charabanc Historical Examples of charabanc
The afternoon was generally given up to some excursion or
charabanc drive, and the day finished rather somnolently in the lounge.
But these futile ebullitions of malice are powerless to check the triumphal progress of the
charabanc in the Eastern Counties.
Complete suits of armour, guaranteed bottle-proof, ten guineas each, suitable for elderly pedestrians in
charabanc areas. British Dictionary definitions for charabanc noun British obsolete a motor coach, esp one used for sightseeing tours Word Origin for charabanc
C19: from French
char-à-bancs, wagon with seats
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Word Origin and History for charabanc n.
British for "sightseeing bus," 1811, originally in a Continental context (especially Swiss), from French
char-à-bancs, literally "benched carriage," from char "wagon," from Latin carrus (see car) + à "to" (see ad-) + banc "bench" (see bench (n.)).
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