Origin of phaeton
Examples from the Web for phaeton
A low English phaeton was drawn up before the door of the post office of a French seaport town.
Page 436: Phaeton was printed that way, rather than as Phton.Studies in the Theory of Descent (Volumes 1 and 2)|August Weismann
If she says ‘Yes,’ sell out—give up hunting—drive her about in a phaeton, and buy a yacht.General Bounce|G. J. Whyte-Melville
In the carriages, the caleche, and the phaeton, all crossed themselves as they passed the church opposite the house.War and Peace|Leo Tolstoy
"That's beautiful," said I, as I folded it up and handed it back to Phaeton, who read it again before putting it into his pocket.Phaeton Rogers|Rossiter Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for phaeton
Word Origin for phaeton
Word Origin and History for phaeton
type of light four-wheeled carriage, 1742, from French (1735), from Greek Phaethon name of the son of Helios and Clymene, who tried to drive his father's sun-chariot but crashed after almost setting fire to the whole earth. His name is literally "shining," from phaein "to shine, gleam," from phaos "light" (see fantasy). Earlier as a name for a reckless driver (1590s).