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[broo-uh m, broom, broh-uh m] /ˈbru əm, brum, ˈbroʊ əm/
a four-wheeled, boxlike, closed carriage for two or four persons, having the driver's perch outside.
  1. (formerly) a limousine having an open driver's compartment.
  2. an early type of automobile resembling a coupé, often powered by an electric motor.
Origin of brougham
1850-55; named after Lord Brougham (1778-1868), English statesman Unabridged
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  • But the writings of brougham do not sell; he lacks even the solace of Bolingbroke.

  • Well, if I was a Johnny, and had got the oof, she'd have a brougham and a sealskin to-morrow.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • brougham's criticism on his style provoked in him no retort.

  • She had only a brougham, and had that kept for her by the generosity of her father.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • The servant had unfortunately just announced the brougham as being at the door.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Even going out in his brougham at nights was not very pleasant to him.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • The brougham was there, and away they went to Mrs. Patmore Green's.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • The husband and wife did not speak a word to each other as they went home in the brougham.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • If you hear of my having the brougham relined, Ruth, you will know why.

  • It was just like one of Tadema's pictures on the move—barring the brougham!

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
British Dictionary definitions for brougham


/ˈbruːəm; bruːm/
a four-wheeled horse-drawn closed carriage having a raised open driver's seat in front
(obsolete) a large car with an open compartment at the front for the driver
(obsolete) an early electric car
Word Origin
C19: named after Henry Peter, Lord Brougham (1778–1868)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for brougham

1851, one-horse closed carriage with two or four wheels, for two or four persons, from first Lord Brougham (1778-1868). The family name is from a place in Westmoreland.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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