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or tum·bril  (tŭm′brəl)
1. A two-wheeled cart, especially a farmer's cart that can be tilted to dump a load.
2. A crude cart used to carry condemned prisoners to their place of execution, as during the French Revolution.

[Middle English tumberell, from Old French tomberel, from tomber, to fall, perhaps of Germanic origin and akin to English tumble.]


(ˈtʌmbrəl) or


1. (Agriculture) a farm cart for carrying dung, esp one that tilts backwards to deposit its load. A cart of this type was used to take condemned prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (formerly) a covered cart that accompanied artillery in order to carry ammunition, tools, etc
3. (Historical Terms) an obsolete word for a ducking stool
[C14 tumberell ducking stool, from Medieval Latin tumbrellum from Old French tumberel dump cart, from tomber to tumble, of Germanic origin]


or tum•bril

(ˈtʌm brəl)

1. a cart used during the French Revolution to convey victims to the guillotine.
2. a farmer's cart, esp. one for hauling manure, that can be tilted to discharge its load.
[1275–1325; Middle English tumberell ducking stool < Medieval Latin tumberellus < Old French tumberel dump-cart =tomb(er) to fall (< Germanic; see tumble) + -rel -rel]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tumbrel - a farm dumpcart for carrying dungtumbrel - a farm dumpcart for carrying dung; carts of this type were used to carry prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution
dumpcart - a cart that can be tilted to empty contents without handling


[ˈtʌmbrəl] tumbril [ˈtʌmbrɪl] Nchirrión m, carreta f


, tumbril
n (Hist) → Karren m
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He showed him a low-built tumbrel, drawn by two horses, upon which rocked two strong gibbets, bound together, back to back, by chains, whilst an archer, seated upon the cross-beam, suffered, as well as he could, with his head cast down, the comments of a hundred vagabonds, who guessed the destination of the gibbets, and were escorting them to the Hotel de Ville.
Then the unhappy girl heard the people moving, the pikes clashing, and a freezing voice saying to her,--"Bohemian wench, on the day when it shall seem good to our lord the king, at the hour of noon, you will be taken in a tumbrel, in your shift, with bare feet, and a rope about your neck, before the grand portal of Notre-Dame, and you will there make an apology with a wax torch of the weight of two pounds in your hand, and thence you will be conducted to the Place de Grève, where you will be hanged and strangled on the town gibbet; and likewise your goat; and you will pay to the official three lions of gold, in reparation of the crimes by you committed and by you confessed, of sorcery and magic, debauchery and murder, upon the person of the Sieur Phoebus de Châteaupers.
Where would you most likely be headed if you were in a tumbrel during the French revolution?
When she hears an angry mob approaching, she looks down to see her husband in the tumbrel taking him to the guillotine.
And if, in the Terror launched by the mounting tyranny of relativism, the tumbrel should arrive with the midnight knock, then a prelate could scarcely go to the scaffold better dressed than wearing a red hat.
Newcastle auctioneers Anderson & Garland will conduct the sale of a 1920 harvest waggon pounds 200-pounds 300; a 1910 market cart pounds 300-pounds 400; a 1900 Victoria pony phaeton pounds 500-pounds 1,000; a 1900 game cart pounds 300-pounds 500; a 1900 rally cart pounds 500-pounds 700; a 1920 tumbrel cart pounds 100-pounds 200; a 1916 governess cart pounds 300-pounds 500 and an American viceroy cart, pounds 300-pounds 500.
WITH a name like Peregrine Andrew Morny Cavendish, the Earl of Burlington was never a chap born to man the barricades or haul the tumbrel, even before he became the Marquess of Hartington, the 12th Duke of Devonshire and a KCVO, CBE.
From A Tale of Two Cities, Sydney Carton's words, as he rode the tumbrel to the guillotine, came to mind on reading the latest statistics on what open borders has done to a Republican Party that altruistically embraced it.
So, if you espy the lovely Alex Gerrard, sitting on her 4x4 tumbrel, in her Cavalli shepherdess's smock, a-weeping and a-wailing, as her sheep wags a tail in distress, remember life is not a parade for everyone.
Roll on the next election; I can hear the tumbrel (guillotine taxi) wheels being oiled.
The borough accounts also refer to it as a gumstool or a tumbrel, and they record frequent repairs to the device throughout the 17th and 18th century.
The bishops may think they hear the tumbrel rolling to their door, but most Catholics have seen enough of life to accept the need for patience and care in assessing the nature of this problem.