from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A large bus, typically used for sightseeing.
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- n. A horse-drawn, and then later, motorized omnibus with open sides, and often, no roof.
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- n. a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport
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).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French char-à-bancs ("a carriage with benches"). (Wiktionary)