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From dialectal German Barutsche, from Italian baroccio, from Late Latin *birotium, from Latin birotus (chariot), from bi- (two) + rota (wheel). The spelling was altered in English as if the word had come from French.



A barouche.

barouche (plural barouches)

  1. (vehicles) Four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with collapsible half-hood, two double seats facing each other, and an outside seat for the driver.
    • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 3:
      Day was drooping on a fine evening in March as a brown barouche passed through the wrought-iron gates of Hare-Hatch House on to the open highway.
    • 1969 Anita Leslie, Lady Randolph Churchill, New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, page 288:
      "Of course I was eager to put her affairs in order," George told my father, "but I found it a bit thick when expected to pay for Lord Randolph Churchill's barouche purchased in the ' 80s."