[ fee-ah-ker, -ahk; French fya-kruh ]

noun,plural fi·a·cres [fee-ah-kerz, -ahks; French fya-kruh]. /fiˈɑ kərz, -ˈɑks; French ˈfya krə/.
  1. a small horse-drawn carriage.

Origin of fiacre

1690–1700; <French; after the Hotel de St. Fiacre in Paris, where such carriages were first for hire

Words Nearby fiacre Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fiacre in a sentence

  • I catch a glimpse of Yvonne with six students all in one fiacre, but Yvonne has been given the most comfortable place.

    The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
  • You pass a student perhaps and a girl, hurrying home—a fiacre for a short distance is a luxury in the Quarter.

    The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
  • In Paris you may wear a blue blouse and make the turn of the Bois in a fiacre.

    The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain
  • He, too, took a fiacre and drove at once to the apartment of Baroness Racowitz.

    The Secret Witness | George Gibbs
  • I think he'll be all right now, but if he should be worse don't leave him; send some one to this address—send a fiacre.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins

British Dictionary definitions for fiacre


/ (fɪˈɑːkrə) /

  1. a small four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage, usually with a folding roof

Origin of fiacre

C17: named after the Hotel de St Fiacre, Paris, where these vehicles were first hired out

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