Dictionary.com

char-à-banc

or char·a·banc

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

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.
QUIZ
FIRE UP YOUR VOCAB FOR A "RED" SYNONYMS QUIZ
No fire engine reds here, only a fierce collection of vibrant words for the color red to test yourself on.
Question 1 of 7
What does "amaranth" mean?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use char-à-banc in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for char-à-banc

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
FEEDBACK