post chaise

a four-wheeled coach for rapid transportation of passengers and mail, used in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
[1705-15]

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 four-wheeled, closed carriage, containing one seat for two or three passengers, that was popular in 18th-century England. The body was of the coupé type, appearing as if the front had been cut away. Because the driver rode one of the horses, it was possible to have windows in front as well as at the sides. At the post chaise's front end, in place of the coach box, was a luggage platform. The carriage was built for long-distance travel, and so horses were changed at intervals at posts (stations).

      In England, public post chaises were painted yellow and could be hired, along with the driver and two horses, for about a shilling a mile. The post chaise is descended from the 17th-century two-wheeled French chaise.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • post chaise — post′ chaise′ n. trs a four wheeled coach for rapid transportation of passengers and mail, used in the 18th and early 19th centuries …   From formal English to slang

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  • post chaise — noun A horse drawn carriage, closed and with four wheels, historically used to transport mail and passengers. She had lately remitted the trespass of a stage coachman, who had overturned her post chaise into a ditch; See Also: chaise longue …   Wiktionary

  • post-chaise — [ pəʊs(t)ʃeɪz] noun (plural post chaises pronunciation same) historical a horse drawn carriage used for transporting passengers or mail. Origin C17: from post2 + chaise …   English new terms dictionary

  • post chaise — noun Date: 1712 a carriage usually having a closed body on four wheels and seating two to four persons …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • post-chaise — /ˈpoʊst ʃeɪz/ (say pohst shayz) noun a hired coach drawn by horses changed at each stage, used for rapid travelling in the 18th and early 19th centuries …   Australian English dictionary

  • chaise — [shāz] n. [Fr, var. of chaire, CHAIR] 1. any of several kinds of lightweight carriage, some with a collapsible top, having two or four wheels and drawn by one or two horses 2. POST CHAISE 3. CHAISE LONGUE …   English World dictionary

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