tum·​brel | \ ˈtəm-brəl How to pronounce tumbrel (audio) \
variants: or tumbril

Definition of tumbrel

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

Examples of tumbrel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of a sudden women recoiled, the ethos tilted, and now the tumbrel is moving briskly through Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, and beyond, carrying lechers, perverts, and boors into job-threatening disgrace. Alessandra Stanley, Town & Country, "Could 2018 Be the Year of the Gentleman?," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tumbrel

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Tumbrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumbrel. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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