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Variant of calash.


(French kalɛʃ)
a variant of calash



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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calèche - a woman's large folded hooped hoodcaleche - a woman's large folded hooped hood; worn in the 18th century
hood - a headdress that protects the head and face
2.caleche - 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
References in classic literature ?
Most of the inhabitants of the town were grateful to Mademoiselle Cormon for not humiliating them by the luxury she could have displayed; we may even believe that had she imported a caleche from Paris they would have gossiped more about that than about her various matrimonial failures.
Then, amongst a chorus of screams from the peasants and a universal crossing of themselves, a caleche, with four horses, drove up behind us, overtook us, and drew up beside the coach.
Then I descended from the side of the coach, as the caleche was close alongside, the driver helping me with a hand which caught my arm in a grip of steel.
For I was minded to jump from the caleche and run, whilst they reared again and plunged madly, so that the driver had to use all his great strength to keep them from bolting.
I called to the coachman to come, for it seemed to me that our only chance was to try to break out through the ring and to aid his approach, I shouted and beat the side of the caleche, hoping by the noise to scare the wolves from the side, so as to give him a chance of reaching the trap.
When I could see again the driver was climbing into the caleche, and the wolves disappeared.
As he rolled swiftly over the excellent road in the little caleche furnished him at the inn at Poitiers, he drew forth, as it were, from the very safe place in his mind to which he had consigned it, the last information given him by poor Valentin.
Behind the caleche galloped the suite and a convoy of Croats.
Le president Habib Sidinou, au temperament probe et colombin, ne detient plus, apparemment, les renes d'une caleche en pleine derive.
Among the array of works it hopes will excite the London audience is a rare caleche, or little coach, for a princely child, gilded, painted and lined with red velvet, dating from the latter half of the 18th century.
I once asked Guy Robert [the late perfumer and creator of the legendary Hermes Caleche and Madame Rochas perfumes] that question," says Edwards.
He sensed the return of his self-esteem, optimism, and equanimity and felt so expensive that when the driver of a caleche leaned toward him and asked, "Tour of the city?