landau

[ lan-daw, -dou ]
/ ˈlæn dɔ, -daʊ /
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noun

a four-wheeled, two-seated carriage with a top made in two parts that may be let down or folded back.
a sedanlike automobile with a short convertible back.

Origin of landau

First recorded in 1735–45; perhaps named after Landau, town in Germany where first made

Definition for landau (2 of 2)

Landau

[ lahn-dou; Russian luhn-dou ]
/ lɑnˈdaʊ; Russian lʌnˈdaʊ /

noun

Lev Da·vi·do·vich [lyef duh-vye-duh-vyich] /ˈlyɛf dʌˈvyɛ də vyɪtʃ/, 1908–68, Russian scientist: Nobel Prize in Physics 1962.
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British Dictionary definitions for landau (1 of 2)

landau

/ (ˈlændɔː) /

noun

a four-wheeled carriage, usually horse-drawn, with two folding hoods that meet over the middle of the passenger compartment

Word Origin for landau

C18: named after Landau (a town in Bavaria), where it was first made

British Dictionary definitions for landau (2 of 2)

Landau

/ (Russian lanˈdau) /

noun

Lev Davidovich (ljɛf daˈvidəvitʃ). 1908–68, Soviet physicist, noted for his researches on quantum theory and his work on the theories of solids and liquids: Nobel prize for physics 1962
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Word Origin and History for landau

landau


n.

type of four-wheeled carriage, 1743, from Landau, town in Bavaria where they first were made. The first element is the common Germanic element found in English land (n.); the identity of the second is disputed. But Klein says the vehicle name is "in reality" Spanish lando "originally a light four-wheeled carriage drawn by mules," from Arabic al-andul.

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