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tumbrel

noun tum·brel \ˈtəm-brəl\

Definition of tumbrel

  1. 1 :  a farm tipcart

  2. 2 :  a vehicle carrying condemned persons (as political prisoners during the French Revolution) to a place of execution



Variants of tumbrel

or tumbril play \ˈtəm-brəl\

Origin of tumbrel

Middle English tomrel, from Old French (tomberel, from tomber to tumble, perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German tūmōn to reel — more at tumble


First Known Use: 14th century


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