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[buh-roosh] /bəˈruʃ/
a four-wheeled carriage with a high front seat outside for the driver, facing seats inside for two couples, and a calash top over the back seat.
Origin of barouche
dialectal German
1795-1805; < dialectal German Barutsche < Italian baroccio < Vulgar Latin *birotium, equivalent to Late Latin birot(us) two-wheeled (see bi-1, rota1) + -ium -ium Unabridged
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  • He naturally intimated as much to him, whereupon the owner of the barouche burst into a great peal of laughter.

  • I applied myself to the sable Jehu of the barouche, but with no better success.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Sir John sends me word his barouche will be at the door in ten minutes, and I have to hurry on my travelling dress.

  • Then Pense was assisted into the barouche, and drove homewards.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • As the meeting progressed, barouche's eyes wandered slowly over the faces of his audience.

    Carnac's Folly, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • Always a barouche with four white horses was provided to carry him from point to point.

    Lafayette Martha Foote Crow
  • Besides Judge Merlin's brougham and Mr. Middleton's barouche, there were several other carriages drawn up before the house.

    Ishmael Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • I told you that I knew the Bow Street runner who was in the barouche.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • However, when the barouche pulled up in front of a house in Adelaide Crescent, Mr. Moore had his own proposal to make.

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
  • I 'ain't got a idee on earth what to buy, from a broach to a barouche.

British Dictionary definitions for barouche


a four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage, popular in the 19th century, having a retractable hood over the rear half, seats inside for two couples facing each other, and a driver's seat outside at the front
Word Origin
C19: from German (dialect) Barutsche, from Italian baroccio, from Vulgar Latin birotium (unattested) vehicle with two wheels, from Late Latin birotus two-wheeled, from bi-1 + rota wheel
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Word Origin and History for barouche

type of four-wheeled carriage, 1801, from dialectal German barutsche, from Italian baroccio "chariot," originally "two-wheeled car," from Latin birotus "two-wheeled," from bi- "two" + rotus "wheel," from rotare "go around" (see rotary). Frenchified in English, but the word is not French.

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