Definition of charrette in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃaˈrɛt/
(also charette)


North American
1A public meeting or workshop devoted to a concerted effort to solve a problem or plan the design of something.
Example sentences
  • Officials with the Society for Housing Options are hopeful that many people in Cochrane will attend the charrette this Thursday and have their say in this exciting project.
  • Civano's architecture, much of which is a direct outcome of the original Civano design charrette, is based on traditional Tucsan and Southwestern styles.
  • One of the firm's signature innovations was the concept of ‘Squatters,’ programming-and-design charrettes conducted over a period of days with client participation.
2A period of intense work, typically undertaken in order to meet a deadline.


Late Middle English (denoting a cart or wagon): from French charrette, literally 'cart'; current sense dates from the mid 20th century, possibly with reference to the use of a cart in 19th-century Paris to collect architecture students' work on the day of an exhibition.

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