from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A long, light, open vehicle, with benches or seats running lengthwise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long and light vehicle furnished with transverse seats, and generally open at the sides or inclosed with curtains. Sometimes charabanc.


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  • Pending the return of the motor-omnibuses, a service of _char-a-bancs_ has been started on the boulevards, which reminds Parisians of the days of the popular "Madeleine-Bastille" omnibus.

    Paris War Days Diary of an American

  • From its summit they could see toy villages and church, spires and motors and char-a-bancs running like alarmed insects along the white, winding lanes.

    The Dark House

  • Ghibellines, though the two towns are at advertisemental war, the favourite pleasure drive of the char-a-bancs of Sandbourne is to

    The Man Who Lost Himself

  • Shops were shut; special trains ran in to Grammoch-town; and the road from the little town was dazed with char-a-bancs, brakes, wagonettes, carriages, carts, foot-passengers, wending toward the Dalesman's Daughter.

    Bob, Son of Battle

  • It was past noon, and they were already returning, when they came on the char-a-bancs containing the head of the strike-breaking column.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • And, as it happened, just then the stillness was sensibly broken up, and the magic of the night encroached upon by the passing of a couple of _char-a-bancs_ in the road below, loaded up with trippers faring homewards from a day's outing at Hampton Court.

    The Far Horizon

  • And at last Sister Hyacinthe was able to install herself with Elise Rouquet and Sophie Couteau in a large _char-a-bancs_, in which Ferrand and

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris

  • And at last Sister Hyacinthe was able to install herself with Elise Rouquet and Sophie Couteau in a large/char-a-bancs/, in which Ferrand and

    The Three Cities Trilogy: Lourdes, Volume 2

  • The Queen, who was dressed simply, as usual, in a purple satin gown, a black mantilla trimmed with lace, and a straw bonnet with straw-coloured ribands and one ostrich feather, immediately entered the King's char-a-bancs, which had a canopy and curtains that were left open.

    Life of Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen — Volume 1

  • Guest withdrew his eyes and gazed at the other figures in the char-a-bancs without moving a muscle.



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