from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A light carriage with two or four low wheels and a collapsible top.
- n. A top for this or a similar carriage.
- n. A woman's folding bonnet of the late 18th century.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sort of light 'convertible' carriage with a folding hood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. In Canada, a two-wheeled, one-seated vehicle, with a calash top, and the driver's seat elevated in front.
- n. A hood or top of a carriage which can be thrown back at pleasure.
- n. A hood, formerly worn by ladies, which could be drawn forward or thrown back like the top of a carriage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A light carriage with low wheels, either open or covered with a folding top which can be let down at pleasure.
- n. The folding hood or top usually fitted to such a carriage. Specifically called a calash-top.—3. A hood in the form of a calash-top worn by women in the eighteenth century and until about 1810.
- n. A primitive one-horse springless cart of the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, house-chairs being used for seats. It is still used to a limited extent.
- To furnish with a calash.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the folding hood of a horse-drawn carriage
- n. a woman's large folded hooped hood; worn in the 18th century
French calèche, from German Kalesche, from Czech kolesa, from pl. of kolo, koles-, wheel, from Old Church Slavonic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)