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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Old French, 15th century


A meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions.

Examples of Charrette in a sentence

"After attending the charette on the plans for the park, residents were enthusiastic about the fundraising."

"A charrette on the redesign of city hall brought together the city’s architects, community leaders, and residents."

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About Charrette

From the Old French “charrette,” meaning “cart” or “carriage.”

Did you Know?

Using “charrette” to describe a meeting of many stakeholders is a modern redeployment of a very old word. “Charette” (meaning “cart”) entered English from Old French in the 15th century, but by the 17th century the word had been replaced by terms like “carriage” and “wagon.” In the mid-20th century, American architects took up the term to describe collaborative group projects, making reference to the carts (“charrettes”) that 19th-century Parisian architecture schools sent out to collect students’ work for assessment.

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