Calash
Calash Ca*lash", n. [F. cal[`e]che; of Slavonic origin; cf. Bohem. kolesa, Russ. koliaska calash, koleso, kolo, wheel.] 1. A light carriage with low wheels, having a top or hood that can be raised or lowered, seats for inside, a separate seat for the driver, and often a movable front, so that it can be used as either an open or a closed carriage. [1913 Webster]

The baroness in a calash capable of holding herself, her two children, and her servants. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

2. In Canada, a two-wheeled, one-seated vehicle, with a calash top, and the driver's seat elevated in front. [1913 Webster]

3. A hood or top of a carriage which can be thrown back at pleasure. [1913 Webster]

4. A hood, formerly worn by ladies, which could be drawn forward or thrown back like the top of a carriage. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • calash — [kə lash′] n. [Fr calèche < Ger kalesche < Czech kolésa, prob. < kolo, a WHEEL: for IE base see CYCLE] 1. a light, low wheeled carriage, usually with a folding top 2. such a folding top 3. a folding hood or bonnet worn by women in the… …   English World dictionary

  • calash — /keuh lash /, n. 1. Also, calèche. a light vehicle pulled by one or two horses, seating two to four passengers, and having two or four wheels, a seat for a driver on a splashboard, and sometimes a folding top. 2. a folding top of a carriage. 3.… …   Universalium

  • calash — /kəˈlæʃ/ (say kuh lash) noun 1. a light, low wheeled carriage, either with or without a folding top. 2. the folding top (calash top) of such a vehicle. 3. a kind of hood formerly worn by women. {French calèche, from German Kalesche, from Slavic;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • calash — noun Etymology: French calèche, from German Kalesche, from Czech kolesa wheels, carriage; akin to Greek kyklos wheel more at wheel Date: 1679 1. a. a light small wheeled 4 passenger carriage with a folding top b. caleche 1b 2. a large hood worn… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • calash — noun A sort of light convertible carriage with a folding hood …   Wiktionary

  • calash — light low wheeled carriage with folding top Carriages and Chariots …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • calash — n. light carriage pulled by one or two horses and having four wheels (for 2 to 4 passengers and a driver) with a folding top; folding top of a carriage; bonnet which folds back just like the top of a carriage (worn by women during the 18th… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • calash —    See calèche …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • calash — [kə laʃ] noun another term for caleche …   English new terms dictionary

  • calash — ca·lash …   English syllables

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