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a large bus used on sightseeing tours, especially one with open sides and no center aisle.
(Brit, obsolete) a motor coach, esp one used for sightseeing tours

British for “sightseeing bus,” 1811, originally in a Continental context (especially Swiss), from French char-à-bancs, literally “benched carriage,” from char “wagon,” from Latin carrus (see car) + à “to” (see ad-) + banc “bench” (see bench (n.)).


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