tumbrel

noun tum·brel \ ˈtəm-brəl \
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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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