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char-à-banc

[shar-uh-bang, -bangk; French sha-ra-bahn] /ˈʃær əˌbæŋ, -ˌbæŋk; French ʃa raˈbɑ̃/
noun, plural char-à-bancs
[-bangz, -bangks; French sha-ra-bahn] /-ˌbæŋz, -ˌbæŋks; French ʃa raˈbɑ̃/ (Show IPA).
British
1.
a large bus used on sightseeing tours, especially one with open sides and no center aisle.
Also, charabanc.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; back formation from French char-à-bancs literally, car with benches, the -s being taken as plural ending of word as a whole
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