- 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.
Origin of hansom
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Historical Examples of hansom
Get this gentleman's luggage, and bring it to that hansom there.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
“Be exact in what you say,” Ossipon lectured in the swift motion of the hansom.The Secret Agent
There are four-wheeled cabs, and there is even a hansom to be had.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
We won't say a word about terms; I'll pay you all that's left over from my hansom fares.'
She awoke from her reverie when Lady Willow stepped into the hansom.
- (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
Word Origin and History for hansom
"two-wheeled, two-person cab," 1847, from James A. Hansom (1803-1882), English architect who designed such a vehicle c.1834.