1. a light, open carriage, usually with a hood, especially a one-horse, two-wheeled carriage for two persons; shay.
  2. post chaise.
  3. a chaise longue, especially a light one used out of doors.
  4. Also called chaise d’or [sheyz dawr] /ʃeɪz ˈdɔr/. Numismatics.
    1. a gold coin of France, first issued in the early 14th century, which bears a figure of the king seated on a large throne.
    2. an Anglo-Gallic copy of this coin, issued by Edward III.


  1. Père Fran·çois d’Aix de [frahn-swa de duh] /frɑ̃ˈswa dɛ də/, 1624–1709, French Roman Catholic priest: confessor to Louis XIV.


  1. a light open horse-drawn carriage, esp one with two wheels designed for two passengers
  2. short for post chaise, chaise longue
  3. a gold coin first issued in France in the 14th century, depicting the king seated on a throne

1701, “pleasure carriage,” from French chaise “chair” (15c.), dialectal variant of chaire (see chair (n.)) due to 15c.-16c. Parisian accent swapping of -r- and -s-, a habit often satirized by French writers. French chair and chaise then took respectively the senses of “high seat, throne, pulpit” and “chair, seat.” Chaise lounge (1800) is corruption of French chaise longue “long chair,” the second word confused in English with lounge.

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