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From Old French charrete, diminutive of charre.


charret (plural charrets)

  1. (obsolete) A chariot.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts VIII:
      The sprete sayde unto Philip: Goo neare and ioyne thysilfe to yonder charet.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.v:
      His cruell wounds with cruddy bloud congealed, / They binden vp so wisely, as they may, / And handle softly, till they can be healed: / So lay him in her charet, close in night concealed.
  2. (US) A period of intense work, especially group work undertaken to meet a deadline.

Usage notes[edit]

In sense “work to meet a deadline”, usually spelled charrette.