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char·a·banc

 (shăr′ə-băng′)
n. Chiefly British
A bus typically used for sightseeing, originally open and pulled by horses.

[From French char à bancs : char, coach, carriage (from Old French, cart; see chariot) + à, with (from Latin ad, toward; see ad-) + bancs, benches, pl. of banc (from Old French; see bank3).]

charabanc

(ˈʃærəˌbæŋ; French ʃarabɑ̃)
n
(Automotive Engineering) obsolete Brit a motor coach, esp one used for sightseeing tours
[C19: from French char-à-bancs, wagon with seats]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.charabanc - a vehicle carrying many passengerscharabanc - a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport; "he always rode the bus to work"
minibus - a light bus (4 to 10 passengers)
public transport - conveyance for passengers or mail or freight
roof - protective covering on top of a motor vehicle
school bus - a bus used to transport children to or from school
trackless trolley, trolley coach, trolleybus - a passenger bus with an electric motor that draws power from overhead wires
window - a transparent opening in a vehicle that allow vision out of the sides or back; usually is capable of being opened
fleet - group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership
passenger, rider - a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) who is not operating it
Translations

charabanc

(o.f.) [ˈʃærəbæŋ] N (Brit) → autobús m, autocar m (Sp)

charabanc

[ʃarabɑ̃] n (British)char m à bancs
References in periodicals archive ?
Horse-drawn charabancs queued at the fountain in Dumfries High Street in 1906 - with not a car in sight.
In the early light, the air cool at this time of day, the village was quiet save for some half-hearted birdsong, until growling over the bridge came two elderly coaches, labouring hard, and eventually juddering to a halt beside us, their diesel engines throbbing: our charabancs had arrived.
GATESHEAD REMEMBERED This new book looks at some of the main events and stories in the towns history, remembering favourite shops, pubs, cinemas, school photo's, trips on charabancs and finally Gateshead at War with a chapter on the First and Second World War.
There would be charabancs of police coming from all round the country, all parked up outside where I lived.
Coach journeys used to be dreary outings in cramped charabancs.
Crowds were flocking to the Co-op and a line of charabancs were parked outside.
Be it state-of-the-art buses or old charabancs, they do the same job, getting me from A to B, but their service standards leave a lot to be desired much of the time.
This was taken in 1908-9 at the White Lion Hotel in Rhyl High Street, which is now the Job Centre After the First World War, George's father and uncles moved into charabancs.
The previous day we had travelled to Margate in charabancs for our yearly outing.
FOLLOWING the approval to convert the former Yates's Wine Bar into a Spar store rushed plans are being worked on to extend Pool Meadow and the city centre coach park in anticipation of increased numbers of buses, coaches and charabancs in response to this major shopping attraction.
Charabancs, although a novelty, were not the most comfortable way of getting around.