tonneau

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French tonneau.

Noun[edit]

tonneau (plural tonneaus or tonneaux)

  1. The rear body or compartment of some types of motor vehicle, especially one containing seats for passengers.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 1/2, The Younger Set[1]:
      It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue ; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current ; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau ; […] .
    • 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter XV
      From the tonneau of Bentley's car the sheriff and Garland removed the groceries and sick-room supplies, stowing them in the kyacks.
    • 1982 March, How to improve your pickup′s mileage, Popular Mechanics, page 102,
      The first step was to install a tonneau cover.
  2. An old-style open passenger vehicle with a tonneau (rear compartment with seats).
    He has spent ten years lovingly restoring a rather luxurious tonneau with teak panelling and leather seats.
  3. Short for tonneau cover.
    • 1982 March, How to improve your pickup′s mileage, Popular Mechanics, page 102,
      The first step was to install a tonneau cover. Now most pickup tonneaus snap onto studs screwed into the bodywork. The snaps rust, the holes in the truck rust and the tonneau — because the snaps are spaced every foot or so along the edges—eventually rips around the snaps.
    • 2003, Bill Piggott, Original Triumph TR4/4A/5/6: The Restorer′s Guide, unnumbered page,
      Tonneaux were made of the same plasticised canvas material used for soft-tops.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From tonne.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tonneau m (plural tonneaux)

  1. barrel; round vessel made from staves bound with a hoop.
  2. register ton (100 cubic feet).
  3. barrel roll.

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