from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a kind of sedan chair used in India.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the East Indies, a solid sedan-chair supported between two thick bamboo poles set crosswise and borne by four men.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a kind of sedan chair used in India
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Now there were no friends before me, and no one to turn to except the Khyberie thug Jassa and our gaggle of bearers - they were there chiefly because Broadfoot had said I should enter Lahore in a jampan, to impress the Sikhs with my consequence.
But there was something stranger still: I'd just bidden farewell to Sardul's escort and my jampan, and was being conducted on foot by a yellow-clad officer of the Palace Guard, when I noticed an extraordinary figure lounging in an embrasure above the gate, swigging from an enormous tankard and barking orders at a party of Guardsmen drilling with the light guns on the wall.
I saw another side to the Khalsa when we set out for Lahore after noon, Flashy now riding in state in his jampan, white topper and fly-whisk at the high port, with Jassa kicking the bearers 'arses to give tone to our progress.
Now there were no friends before me, and no one to turn to except the Khyberie thug Jassa and our gaggle of bearers — they were there chiefly because Broadfoot had said I should enter Lahore in a jampan, to impress the Sikhs with my consequence.
Her good name had plainly died in the late '20s, for she said it was a capital lark, and presently we were slipping through the bushes of Sale's garden, keeping clear of the dinner guests' jampan* (* A kind of sedan chair.) bearers, who were squatting by the front verandah.
* (* Bravo!) and the Punjabi equivalent of "Mr Chairman!", some pointing out that the Maharani had promised them fifteen rupees a month to march against the bastardised British pigs (the spectator in the jampan drew his curtain tactfully at this point) and Jawaheer was just the chap to lead them.
Carriages were not then used as they are now, and my wife travelled in a _jampan_, a kind of open, half-reclining sedan chair, carried by relays of four men, while I rode or walked by her side.
One of the men on the inner side of the road stumbled up the bank, and, losing his balance, let go the pole, and the jampan heeled over.
As soon as the jampan tilted they let go, and directly they saw you had gone over they ran away.
Elma's startled scream unnerved the other runners, who swerved and stumbled, and in a moment the jampan was overturned down the side of the