Definition of post-chaise in English:

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post-chaise

Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊs(t)ʃeɪz/

noun (plural post-chaises pronounced same)

historical
A horse-drawn carriage used for transporting passengers or mail, especially in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Example sentences
  • The commemorative event will include a re-enactment of the journey made to the city in October 1805 by a horse-drawn post-chaise carrying dispatches bearing news of the epic sea battle and of Admiral Lord Nelson's death.
  • The last guest, the Spaniard - Don Juan de Ramirez - stepped out of the post-chaise with a languid grace that only men of that race can lay claim to, and I was immediately startled by his appearance.
  • Unlike the post-chaise recreation of the dash, which is taking place at a leisurely pace, the only break for the riders will come in Salisbury.

Origin

Late 17th century: from post2 + chaise in the sense 'horse-drawn carriage'.

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