from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A closed, four-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage, formerly used to transport mail and passengers.

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  • noun A horse-drawn carriage, closed and with four wheels, historically used to transport mail and passengers.

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  • noun closed horse-drawn carriage with four wheels; formerly used to transport passengers and mail


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  • This came up frequently while I was reading "The Count of Monte Cristo". Everybody in the novel seemed to be tearing around Paris in a post chaise. (I think it is sometimes hyphenated as post-chaise.) It made me think of chaise lounge, which is something rather different.

    May 26, 2013