nounpl. -·neaus′ or -·neaux′
- an enclosed rear compartment for passengers in an early type of automobile
- the whole body of such an automobile
- a protective cover for the passenger compartment of a small, open sports car, for the bed of a pickup truck, etc.
Origin of tonneauFr, literally , a cask from tonne: see tun
- The rear seating compartment of an early type of automobile.
- A tight-fitting removable cover, as for the cargo box of a pickup truck, the seating area of a convertible, or the cockpit of a boat.
Origin of tonneauFrench from Old French tonnel cask ; see tunnel.
(plural tonneaus or tonneaux)
- The rear body or compartment of some types of motor vehicle, especially one containing seats for passengers.
- An old-style open passenger vehicle with a tonneau (rear compartment with seats).
- He has spent ten years lovingly restoring a rather luxurious tonneau with teak panelling and leather seats.
- Short for tonneau cover.
From French tonneau.