American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various light open carriages, often with a collapsible hood, especially a two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse.
- n. A post chaise.
- n. A chaise longue.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, a two-wheeled carriage for two persons, drawn by one horse, and generally furnished with a hood or top that may be let down. In dialectal speech often shay.
- n. A four-wheeled pleasure-carriage drawn by two or more horses.
- n. A French gold coin first issued by Louis IX. in the thirteenth century. It was equal to about three United States gold dollars. The specimen illustrated weighs about 73 grains. Chaises were also coined in England in the reign of Edward III.
- n. An open, horse-drawn carriage for one or two people, usually with one horse and two wheels.
- n. A chaise longue.
- n. A post chaise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A two-wheeled carriage for two persons, with a calash top, and the body hung on leather straps, or thorough-braces. It is usually drawn by one horse.
- n. a carriage in general.
- n. a long chair; for reclining
- n. a carriage consisting of two wheels and a calash top; drawn by a single horse
- From French chaise. (Wiktionary)
- French, chair, variant of Old French chaiere; see chair. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I thought you called the chaise yours,' said I. 'That's my way of speaking,' said the man; 'but the chaise is my master's, and a better master does not live.”
“She was charmed to find your opinion agreed with her own, and settled that we should go to town to-morrow morning: and a chaise is actually ordered to be here by one o'clock.”
“I am going to Temple's, and the chaise is at the door.”
“xiEnglish-speakers did the same thing to the French word longue when, in the early nineteenth century, they heard it as the unrelated word lounge to form the phrase chaise lounge.”
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“The reading chaise is all put together and I have had the chance to try it out.”
“I was told – I was assured –' said Bellamy, 'that a mad bull was running wild about the country; and I thought it, therefore, advisable to send for a chaise from the nearest inn, that I might return this young lady to her friends.”
“Chance gives me an opportunity of forwarding this by New York; I write whilst my chaise is getting ready.”
“I thought you called the chaise yours," said I. "That's my way of speaking," said the man, "but the chaise is my master's, and a better master does not live.”
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