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[sheyz] /ʃeɪz/
a light, open carriage, usually with a hood, especially a one-horse, two-wheeled carriage for two persons; shay.
a chaise longue, especially a light one used out of doors.
Also called chaise d'or, C02/C0299000 sheyz dawr, ʃeɪz ˈdɔr. Numismatics.
  1. a gold coin of France, first issued in the early 14th century, which bears a figure of the king seated on a large throne.
  2. an Anglo-Gallic copy of this coin, issued by Edward III.
1695-1705; < French, variant of chaire chair
Can be confused
chaise, chase. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for chaise-dor


a light open horse-drawn carriage, esp one with two wheels designed for two passengers
a gold coin first issued in France in the 14th century, depicting the king seated on a throne
Word Origin
C18: from French, variant of Old French chaierechair
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Word Origin and History for chaise-dor



1701, "pleasure carriage," from French chaise "chair" (15c.), dialectal variant of chaire (see chair (n.)) due to 15c.-16c. Parisian accent swapping of -r- and -s-, a habit often satirized by French writers. French chair and chaise then took respectively the senses of "high seat, throne, pulpit" and "chair, seat." Chaise lounge (1800) is corruption of French chaise longue "long chair," the second word confused in English with lounge.

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Encyclopedia Article for chaise-dor


(French: "chair"), originally a closed, two-wheeled, one-passenger, one-horse carriage of French origin, adapted from the sedan chair. The carrying poles, or shafts, were attached to the horse's harness in front and fixed to the axle in back. The body of the carriage was set in front of the axle with its bottom lower than the shafts. The chaise body's position between the shafts provided stability but made side doors impossible, so that the passenger had an awkward climb over (or else had to duck under) the shafts in order to enter the carriage by a front door that opened downward. At first, the passenger drove the horse from within; later, the chaise was managed by a driver riding the horse

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