[lan-daw, -dou]
  1. a four-wheeled, two-seated carriage with a top made in two parts that may be let down or folded back.
  2. 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


[lahn-dou; Russian luhn-dou]
  1. Lev Da·vi·do·vich [lyef duh-vye-duh-vyich] /ˈlyɛf dʌˈvyɛ də vyɪtʃ/, 1908–68, Russian scientist: Nobel Prize in Physics 1962. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. 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


  1. 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

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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