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[broo-uh m, broom, broh-uh m]
  1. a four-wheeled, boxlike, closed carriage for two or four persons, having the driver's perch outside.
  2. Automotive.
    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.
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Origin of brougham

1850–55; named after Lord Brougham (1778–1868), English statesman
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Historical Examples of brougham

  • But the writings of Brougham do not sell; he lacks even the solace of Bolingbroke.

    Leading Articles on Various Subjects

    Hugh Miller

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

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    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

British Dictionary definitions for brougham


  1. a four-wheeled horse-drawn closed carriage having a raised open driver's seat in front
  2. obsolete a large car with an open compartment at the front for the driver
  3. obsolete an early electric car
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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.

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