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

Related Words for charabanc

bus, vehicle, train, car, stage, perambulator, victoria, chaise, tallyho

Examples from the Web for charabanc

Contemporary Examples of charabanc

Historical Examples of charabanc

British Dictionary definitions for charabanc



British obsolete a motor coach, esp one used for sightseeing tours

Word Origin for charabanc

C19: from French char-à-bancs, wagon with seats
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for charabanc

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper