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ˈtʌm brəltum·brel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tumbrel, tumbrilnoun

    a farm dumpcart for carrying dung; carts of this type were used to carry prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tumbrelnoun

    A dungcart.

    Etymology: tombereau, French.

    Twifallow once ended, get tumbrel and man,
    And compass that fallow as soon as ye can. Thomas Tusser, Husb.

    My corps is in a tumbril laid, among
    The filth and ordure, and inclos’d with dung;
    That cart arrest, and raise a common cry,
    For sacred hunger of my gold I die. Dryden.

    What shall I do with this beastly tumbril? go lie down and sleep, you sot. William Congreve.

    To convince the present little race how unequal all their measures were to an antediluvian, in respect of the insects which now appear for men, he sometimes rode in an open tumbril. Tatler.


  1. Tumbrel

    A tumbrel (alternatively tumbril) is a two-wheeled cart or wagon typically designed to be hauled by a single horse or ox. Their original use was for agricultural work; in particular they were associated with carrying manure. Their most infamous use was taking prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution. They were also used by the military for hauling supplies. In this use the carts were sometimes covered. The two wheels allowed the cart to be tilted to discharge its load more easily.The word is also used as a name for the cucking stool and for a type of balancing scale used in medieval times to check the weight of coins.


  1. tumbrel

    A tumbrel is a type of cart or wagon, historically used to transport goods or individuals. This term is most commonly associated with its use during the French Revolution, where tumbrels were used to carry prisoners to the guillotine. However, it can also refer to a farmer's cart, particularly a type that could be tilted or tipped to unload its contents.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tumbrelnoun

    alt. of Tumbril

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tumbrel

    tum′brel, Tumbril, tum′bril, n. a cart with two wheels for conveying the tools of pioneers, artillery stores, &c.: a dung-cart: the name given to the carts which conveyed victims to the guillotine during the French Revolution. [O. Fr. tomberel (Fr. tombereau)—tomber, to fall, because the body of the cart could be tumbled without unyoking.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tumbrel in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tumbrel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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