- a low-hung, two-wheeled, covered vehicle drawn by one horse, for two passengers, with the driver being mounted on an elevated seat behind and the reins running over the roof.
- any similar horse-drawn vehicle.
Origin of hansom
1850–55; named after J. A. Hansom (1803–82), English architect who designed it
Also called hansom cab.
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Examples from the Web for hansom
Get this gentleman's luggage, and bring it to that hansom there.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
“Be exact in what you say,” Ossipon lectured in the swift motion of the hansom.The Secret Agent
There are four-wheeled cabs, and there is even a hansom to be had.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
We won't say a word about terms; I'll pay you all that's left over from my hansom fares.'
He told me that the Marquis owned the hansom; for I asked him whose it was.
- (sometimes capital) a two-wheeled one-horse carriage with a fixed hood. The driver sits on a high outside seat at the rearAlso called: hansom cab
C19: short for hansom cab, named after its designer J. A. Hansom (1803–82)
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Word Origin and History for hansom
"two-wheeled, two-person cab," 1847, from James A. Hansom (1803-1882), English architect who designed such a vehicle c.1834.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper