phaeton

[ fey-i-tn or, esp. British, feyt-n ]
/ ˈfeɪ ɪ tn or, esp. British, ˈfeɪt n /
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noun

any of various light, four-wheeled carriages, with or without a top, having one or two seats facing forward, used in the 19th century.
a vintage automobile of the touring-car type.

Origin of phaeton

1585–95; special use of Latin Phaetōn, variant of Phaethōn Phaethon
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British Dictionary definitions for phaeton

phaeton

/ (ˈfeɪtən) /

noun

a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with or without a top, usually having two seats

Word Origin for phaeton

C18: from Phaëthon
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Word Origin and History for phaeton

phaeton


n.

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).

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