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[fey-i-tn or, esp. British, feyt-n] /ˈfeɪ ɪ tn or, esp. British, ˈfeɪt n/
any of various light, four-wheeled carriages, with or without a top, having one or two seats facing forward, used in the 19th century.
a vintage automobile of the touring-car type.
Origin of phaeton
1585-95; special use of Latin Phaetōn, variant of Phaethōn Phaethon Unabridged
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  • John ordered his phaeton, and his wife went to her room to prepare for the trip, and to regret her own resolution.

    Precaution James Fenimore Cooper
  • Advertise for a gentleman's pony-horse and phaeton and harness complete.

    Buying a Horse William Dean Howells
  • "No; you are to do Mr. Chase's," Dolly called back from the phaeton.

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • He had been a tailor in his time, and had kept a phaeton, he said.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • But naturally neither Flicit nor Miss Pollikett could answer this question; they had not followed the phaeton.

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Do you think the ancient Greeks really believed the story of phaeton?

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • "There's an easy way to punish him, whoever he was," said phaeton, who had come in in time to hear most of our conversation.

    Phaeton Rogers Rossiter Johnson
  • Since that time phaeton has got into the chariot of the sun; we, alas!

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • After luncheon Perrine gave the order to Bastien for the phaeton with old Coco to be at the door.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • I'm going to have a horse and phaeton for your exclusive use.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
British Dictionary definitions for phaeton


a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with or without a top, usually having two seats
Word Origin
C18: from Phaëthon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for phaeton

type of light four-wheeled carriage, 1742, from French (1735), from Greek Phaethon name of the son of Helios and Clymene, who tried to drive his father's sun-chariot but crashed after almost setting fire to the whole earth. His name is literally "shining," from phaein "to shine, gleam," from phaos "light" (see fantasy). Earlier as a name for a reckless driver (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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