hansom

[han-suh m]
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noun

a low-hung, two-wheeled, covered vehicle drawn by one horse, for two passengers, with the driver being mounted on an elevated seat behind and the reins running over the roof.
any similar horse-drawn vehicle.

Nearby words

  1. hansel,
  2. hansen,
  3. hansen's bacillus,
  4. hansen's disease,
  5. hansetown,
  6. hanson,
  7. hanson, duane,
  8. hanson, howard,
  9. hant,
  10. hantan

Origin of hansom

1850–55; named after J. A. Hansom (1803–82), English architect who designed it

Also called hansom cab.

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British Dictionary definitions for hansom

hansom

noun

(sometimes capital) a two-wheeled one-horse carriage with a fixed hood. The driver sits on a high outside seat at the rearAlso called: hansom cab

Word Origin for hansom

C19: short for hansom cab, named after its designer J. A. Hansom (1803–82)

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Word Origin and History for hansom

hansom

n.

"two-wheeled, two-person cab," 1847, from James A. Hansom (1803-1882), English architect who designed such a vehicle c.1834.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper