[broo-uh m, broom, broh-uh m]


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.

Nearby words

  1. brotherly,
  2. brothers karamazov, the,
  3. brotula,
  4. brotus,
  5. brough,
  6. brought,
  7. brought-on,
  8. broughta,
  9. brouhaha,
  10. broun

Origin of brougham

1850–55; named after Lord Brougham (1778–1868), English statesman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brougham



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 for brougham

C19: named after Henry Peter, Lord Brougham (1778–1868)

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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