one of the carts used during the French Revolution to convey victims to the guillotine.
a farmer's cart, especially one for hauling manure, that can be tilted to discharge its load.
Obsolete. a two-wheeled covered cart accompanying artillery for carrying tools, ammunition, etc.
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How to use tumbrel in a sentence
You may see many such crowding round the guillotine or the tumbrel in pictures of the French Revolution.Sword and Gown | George A. Lawrence
There were some thirty men in this tumbrel, whose sole crime was foolish exaltation of thought and threatening language.The Companions of Jehu | Alexandre Dumas, pre
In some places, millers, if detected stealing corn, were placed in the tumbrel.Bygone Punishments | William Andrews
Her body bounded at every jolt of the tumbrel like a dead or broken thing; her gaze was dull and imbecile.Notre-Dame de Paris | Victor Hugo
An inquisition held in 1383 discloses two markets, a merchant gild, pillory and tumbrel.
British Dictionary definitions for tumbrel
a farm cart for carrying dung, esp one that tilts backwards to deposit its load. A cart of this type was used to take condemned prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution
(formerly) a covered cart that accompanied artillery in order to carry ammunition, tools, etc
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