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
- To furnish with a calash.
- 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.
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
To lessen the obligation, however, my calash is not yet come to the door.
It was called a calash, and was constructed of green silk outside and white silk within, reeved upon cane, similar in fashion to the 'uglies,' which, at the present day,
We came away in a calash, that is, my Master and the Chaplain, riding at their Ease in that vehicle, while I trotted behind on a little
"The calash is his," returned the other, shaking his head and walking quietly away from the stand.
 A calash was a light, four-wheeled carriage with a folding top.
I could have little hope of protection from the Pope, for he was become quite another man, never spoke one word of truth, and continually amused himself with mere trifles, insomuch that one day he proposed a reward for whoever found out a Latin word for "calash," and spent seven or eight days in examining whether "mosco" came from "muses," or "musts" from
"calash," a big bonnet with rattans stitched in so it would easily move back and forward.
In the style of the times, whenever Rafaela went to church, she insisted on being taken in her four-wheeled carriage (calash) rather than walking!
With surprising agility for a man of his years, von Helrung jumped from the calash, and he dashed through the front gates, attacking the steps two at a time.
He spat contemptuously, then carried me straight to the curb and heaved me into the back of the calash.
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