noun, plural ton·neaus, ton·neaux [tuh-nohz] /tʌˈnoʊz/.
Origin of tonneau
Examples from the Web for tonneau
As he swung himself into the tonneau, the chauffeur had already seized the wheel and the car was backing for the turn.The Lighted Match|Charles Neville Buck
The chauffeur had placed his other passengers in the tonneau, and was trying to crank the motor.The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush|Francis Lynde
Though they did so with some misgivings Hal and Noll both stepped into the tonneau.Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants|H. Irving Hancock
Slender though she was, it became no easy matter to place her in the tonneau of the automobile.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore|Pauline Lester
Miss Vaughan leaned back in a corner of the tonneau lost in thought.The Gloved Hand|Burton E. Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for tonneau
noun plural -neaus or -neaux (-nəʊ, -nəʊz)
- a detachable cover to protect the rear part of an open car when it is not carrying passengers
- a similar cover that fits over all the passenger seats, but not the driver's, in an open vehicle
Word Origin for tonneau
Word Origin and History for tonneau
1901 as a part of an automobile, from French tonneau, literally "cask, tun." (see tun).