noun Etymology: French char à bancs, literally, wagon with benches Date: 1914 British a sight-seeing motor coach

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  • charabanc — or char à banc [shar′ə baŋ΄] n. 〚Fr char à banc, lit., car with bench〛 Brit. a sightseeing bus * * * char·a·banc (shărʹə băng ) n. Chiefly British A large bus, typically used for sightseeing.   [From French char à …   Universalium

  • charabanc — (n.) British for sightseeing bus, early 19c., from Fr. char à bancs, lit. benched carriage, from char wagon, from L. carrus (see CAR (Cf. car)) + banc bench (see BENCH (Cf. bench) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • charabanc — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ an early form of bus. ORIGIN French char à bancs carriage with benches …   English terms dictionary

  • charabanc — or char à banc [shar′ə baŋ΄] n. [Fr char à banc, lit., car with bench] Brit. a sightseeing bus …   English World dictionary

  • Charabanc — A horse drawn charabanc at Windsor Castle in 1844 …   Wikipedia

  • charabanc — UK [ˈʃærəbæŋ] / US [ˈʃerəˌbæŋ] noun [countable] Word forms charabanc : singular charabanc plural charabancs British a type of bus used in the past for taking people on journeys for enjoyment …   English dictionary

  • charabanc — noun /ˈʃæ.ɹə.bæŋ(k)/ A horse drawn, and then later, motorized omnibus with open sides, and often, no roof. The cumbersome though finely painted charabanc of the late James style is pulled swaying along by a frisky pony of a plot farcical and… …   Wiktionary

  • charabanc — [[t]ʃæ̱rəbæŋ[/t]] charabancs N COUNT A charabanc is a large old fashioned coach with several rows of seats. Charabancs were used especially for taking people on trips or on holiday. [BRIT] …   English dictionary

  • charabanc —   n.m.   ?    Sur mon tabouret là en fosse ou dans le charabanc cadenassé, hanté par les remords de rien... F1, 83 …   Dictionnaire Céline

  • Charabanc — Bænkevogn …   Danske encyklopædi

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