char-à-banc

char-à-banc

[shar-uh-bang, -bangk; French sha-ra-bahn]
noun, plural char-à-bancs [-bangz, -bangks; French sha-ra-bahn] . British.
a large bus used on sightseeing tours, especially one with open sides and no center aisle.
Also, charabanc.


Origin:
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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