ton·​neau | \ ˈtä-ˌnō How to pronounce tonneau (audio) , tə-ˈnō \
plural tonneaus

Definition of tonneau

1a : a rear seating compartment of an automobile also : the entire seating compartment
2 : a shape of watch case or dial resembling a barrel in profile

Examples of tonneau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best tonneau covers are easy to use, secure your gear, and give you full bed access to your truck. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Look For When Buying a Truck Bed (Tonneau) Cover," 16 July 2019 The Hummer’s motorized tonneau will offer some security but nothing like its frunk. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "If the 2022 GMC Hummer Is a Supertruck, What Are Its Super-Competitors?," 21 Oct. 2020 And the Spirit of Big Bang, which debuted in 2014, unveiled a tonneau, or barrel-shaped, case. Melanie Abrams, New York Times, "Hublot at 40," 30 Apr. 2020 Volante’s curvaceous decklid, integrating the leather-upholstered tonneau and twin head buttresses, makes the DB11’s heavy haunches and Coke-bottle waist even more explicit. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante: A Six-Figure Car That’s Worth Every Penny," 26 Apr. 2018 In an uncommon trick, the stowage spot for the roof can be used for additional top-up cargo capacity, the shallow but wide area accessed by raising the tonneau cover via buttons on the bottom edge of the doors. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "2018 McLaren 570S Spider," 25 July 2017 Many standard features are available as options on other trims, including the tonneau cover. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Ram 1500 spruces up its good looks with special night edition crew cab," 14 July 2017 The bed includes the industry-first Utili-track bed channel system, including dual lockable in-bed storage boxes that are accessible from inside the bed without having to remove a camper top or tonneau cover. G. Chambers Williams Iii,, "Redesigned 2017 Nissan Titan half-ton offers carlike accommodations, gas V-8," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of tonneau

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tonneau

French, literally, tun, from Old French tonel — more at tunnel entry 1

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The first known use of tonneau was in 1901

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22 Dec 2020

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“Tonneau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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