or cha·rette



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

Examples from the Web for charette

Historical Examples of charette

  • Charette and his officers disappeared, beneath the hoofs of the cavalry.

  • In the last year of the war Boone's favourite grandson was killed at Charette.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye

  • Nothing worse can happen to them than to be killed like Lescure, or shot like Charette.

    The Companions of Jehu

    Alexandre Dumas, pre

  • The name of one is not published; they say he was an ex-chief of Staff to Charette.

  • Of these, all, except the Charette, deal with what may be called outliers of the Arthurian story.

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