[ shuh-ret ]
/ ʃəˈrɛt /


Nearby words

  1. chardonnay,
  2. chardonnet,
  3. chardzhou,
  4. charente,
  5. charente-maritime,
  6. chargaff,
  7. charge,
  8. charge account,
  9. charge card,
  10. charge carrier


or cha·rette

[ shuh-ret ]
/ ʃəˈrɛt /


a final, intensive effort to finish a project, especially an architectural design project, before a deadline.

Origin of charrette

1965–70; < French: cart, Old French, equivalent to char chariot, wagon (see car1) + -ette -ette, from the idea of speed of wheels Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for charette



also charrette, c.1400, "a chariot, a cart," from Old French charrete "wagon, small cart" (12c.), diminutive of charre (see car). Meaning "collaborative session" is by 1982.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper