[ tuhm-bruhl ]
/ ˈtʌm brəl /
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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
It has been told, by every writer, that she could look over at her girlhood home, as her tumbril crossed Pont au Change.The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume I (of 2)|Benjamin Ellis Martin
The last tumbril would doubtless arrive in good time without their assistance!When a Cobbler Ruled a King|Augusta Huiell Seaman
But he sent her to the scaffold; and on November 9, 1793, the tumbril came to convey her to the guillotine.
The tumbril that bore him to execution was stopped on its way by the furious rabble, and he was torn in pieces by them.The Golden Dog|William Kirby
That, 158 he answered, reminded him of another procession, a different cart; but it was more French than Castilian—the tumbril.The Bright Shawl|Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for tumbrel
/ (ˈtʌmbrəl) /
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
an obsolete word for a ducking stool
Word Origin for tumbrel
C14 tumberell ducking stool, from Medieval Latin tumbrellum from Old French tumberel dump cart, from tomber to tumble, of Germanic origin
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