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 (kə-lăsh′) also ca·lèche (-lĕsh′)
a. A light carriage with two or four low wheels and a collapsible top.
b. A top for this or a similar carriage.
2. A woman's folding bonnet of the late 1700s.

[French calèche, from German Kalesche, from Czech kolesa, from pl. of kolo, koles-, wheel, from Old Church Slavonic; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]
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(kəˈlæʃ) or


1. a horse-drawn carriage with low wheels and a folding top
2. the folding top of such a carriage
3. (Clothing & Fashion) a woman's folding hooped hood worn in the 18th century
[C17: from French calèche, from German Kalesche, from Czech kolesa wheels]
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1. Also, calèche. a light two- or four-wheeled vehicle pulled by one or two horses, seating two to four passengers, and often having a folding top.
2. a folding top of a carriage.
3. a hood worn by women in the 18th century.
[1660–70; < French calèche < German Kalesche < Czech kolesa carriage, literally, wheels]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calash - a woman's large folded hooped hoodcalash - a woman's large folded hooped hood; worn in the 18th century
hood - a headdress that protects the head and face
2.calash - the folding hood of a horse-drawn carriage
shay, chaise - a carriage consisting of two wheels and a calash top; drawn by a single horse
hood - the folding roof of a carriage
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"On my word," said Franz, "you are wise as Nestor and prudent as Ulysses, and your fair Circe must be very skilful or very powerful if she succeed in changing you into a beast of any kind." Albert was right; the fair unknown had resolved, doubtless, to carry the intrigue no farther; for although the young men made several more turns, they did not again see the calash, which had turned up one of the neighboring streets.
Albert placed the fresh bouquet in his button-hole, but he kept the faded one in his hand; and when he again met the calash, he raised it to his lips, an action which seemed greatly to amuse not only the fair lady who had thrown it, but her joyous companions also.
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