• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tonneau In France, a light-wheeled vehicle with square or rounded body and rear entrance.
    • Tonneau (Automobiles) Orig., the after part of the body with entrance at the rear (as in vehicle in def. 1); now, one with sides closing in the seat or seats and entered by a door usually at the side, also, the entire body of an automobile having such an after part.
    • Tonneau same as Tonne.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tonneau A tub.
    • n tonneau A name given by French builders of motorcars to the rounded or cask-like rear body of the vehicle. The barrel form has gradually changed to a molded shape, and entrance is gained through side-doors. This form gives larger seating-capacity at the back than the ordinary back seat of the surrey or carryall, as the rounding sides can be utilized. Tonneau backs can accommodate two, three, or five persons. The tonneau is often made removable, leaving either a box back or a sloping surface behind the front seat, or it can be replaced by a rumble or tiger's seat. The name ‘toy-tonneau’ has been applied to a form of rear-seat arrangement for two passengers only, in which the seat-backs are much lower than in the standard type. If doors of entry are omitted, the name tonneau ceases to apply.
    • n tonneau See êtonne.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

Ruth was out of the tonneau and kneeling beside the creature almost before the wheels ceased to roll.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
The fleshy woman climbed into the tonneau and held the still shrieking girl.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
Sutton, Brant and the hound established themselves in the tonneau.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
There was a tremendous crash, I found myself beneath the tonneau, and then, as it seemed, on the top of it again.
"The Man Who Drove the Car" by Max Pemberton
Two men were in the tonneau.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Bentley was tossed into the tonneau of the car.
"The Mind Master" by Arthur J. Burks
Brierly drove and for precaution's sake Peter sat in the tonneau with Shad.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
Dave was at the wheel, with his uncle beside him, and the others packed rather tightly in the tonneau behind.
"Dave Porter At Bear Camp" by Edward Stratemeyer
They drove away, two long poles and a coil of rope in the tonneau.
"Highacres" by Jane Abbott
I turned and swung open the tonneau door.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan

In news:

We secure bed contents by installing a custom-colored Gaylord's Fiberglass Tonneau truck bed cover onto our 2009 Dodge Ram Project Lead Sled, in Issue 10 of Truckin Magazine.
Covercraft Industries introduces a way to beat Mother Nature with its Zip & Go low-profile truck-bed tonneau cover.
Roll N Lock E Series Tonneau Cover Mount Extrusion .
The 100R Series fiberglass truck caps and 700 Series tonneau covers by Leer offer two new options for protecting cargo with the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup.
Using Roll-N-Lock's key fob , you can walk up and open your tonneau cover with one touch of a button.
Roll N Lock E Series Tonneau Cover Finished Installation.
Roll N Lock E Series Tonneau Cover Crimping Inline Fuse.
Roll N Lock E Series Tonneau Cover Tonneau Housing And Tracks.
Lilly Slater, 8, sits in a 1940s Talbot CT2K Tonneau Child's Car on Nov 1, 2012, in London, England.
The retractable hard tonneau cover has a built-in support bar for additional strength and is fabricated from one solid piece of padded polymer, laminated to ridged heavy-gauge aluminum panels.
Pace-Edwards introduces its Roll-Top Cover, a retractable hard tonneau cover for the Nissan Frontier crew cab pickup.
2009 Dodge Ram Gaylord Tonneau Cover.
2009 Dodge Ram Tonneau Cover Parts.
Truck Tonneau Covers Bonded With Polyurethane.
The OG Series of lids have a dual- locking arrangement that closes each corner of the tonneau individually.