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tonneau

[tuh-noh] /tʌˈnoʊ/
noun, plural tonneaus, tonneaux
[tuh-nohz] /tʌˈnoʊz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a rear part or compartment of an automobile body, containing seats for passengers.
2.
a complete automobile body having such a rear part.
3.
a waterproof cover, generally of canvas or vinyl, that can be fastened over the cockpit of a roadster or convertible to protect the interior.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < French: literally, cask; Old French tonel. See tunnel
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tonneau

/ˈtɒnəʊ/
noun (pl) -neaus, -neaux (-nəʊ; -nəʊz)
1.
Also called tonneau cover
  1. a detachable cover to protect the rear part of an open car when it is not carrying passengers
  2. a similar cover that fits over all the passenger seats, but not the driver's, in an open vehicle
2.
(rare) the part of an open car in which the rear passengers sit
Word Origin
C20: from French: special type of vehicle body, from Old French tonnel cask, from tonne tun
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Word Origin and History for tonneau
n.

1901 as a part of an automobile, from French tonneau, literally "cask, tun." (see tun).

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