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char-à-banc

or char·a·banc

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

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

chaqueta, char, char siu, char, rené, char-grilled, char-à-banc, char., charabanc, characin, character, character actor

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

  • Our anniversary addiction is perhaps a way of imposing order on this charabanc of crazy.

    Memory Porn: America’s Obscene Anniversary Obsession|Tim Teeman|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • But these futile ebullitions of malice are powerless to check the triumphal progress of the charabanc in the Eastern Counties.

  • The afternoon was generally given up to some excursion or charabanc drive, and the day finished rather somnolently in the lounge.

    Joanna Godden|Sheila Kaye-Smith

British Dictionary definitions for charabanc

charabanc

/ (ˈʃærəˌbæŋ, French ʃarabɑ̃) /

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
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

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper