- 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
Examples from the Web for phaeton
He had been a tailor in his time, and had kept a phaeton, he said.Little Dorrit
Did you know you are to drive me into town in the phaeton for the fireworks?The Gentleman From Indiana
Do you think the ancient Greeks really believed the story of Phaeton?Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
Since that time Phaeton has got into the chariot of the sun; we, alas!Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
Yet another mourned for Phaeton—Phaeton “dead ere his prime.”A Book of Myths
- a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with or without a top, usually having two seats
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).