[sur-ee, suhr-ee]

noun, plural sur·reys.

a light, four-wheeled, two-seated carriage, with or without a top, for four persons.

Origin of surrey

1890–95; after Surrey, England


[sur-ee, suhr-ee]


Earl ofHenry Howard, 1517?–47, English poet.
a county in SE England, bordering S London. 648 sq. mi. (1680 sq. km). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for surrey

Contemporary Examples of surrey

Historical Examples of surrey

  • Still, as we say, there is good verse in Surrey's translation.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • So we rattled through Surrey and across the border into Sussex.

    Monday or Tuesday

    Virginia Woolf

  • "You see that in Surrey and even Hampshire now," she continued.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • It was rather far from there, in Camberwell, on the Surrey side of the river.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She said so, and her tone implied that she had left illusion behind her on the Surrey side.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for surrey



a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage having two or four seats

Word Origin for surrey

C19: shortened from Surrey cart, after Surrey, where it was originally made




a county of SE England, on the River Thames: urban in the northeast; crossed from east to west by the North Downs and drained by tributaries of the Thames. Administrative centre: Kingston upon Thames. Pop: 1 064 600 (2003 est). Area: 1679 sq km (648 sq miles)




Earl of, title of Henry Howard. ?1517–47, English courtier and poet; one of the first in England to write sonnets. He was beheaded for high treason
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for surrey

"two-seated, four-wheeled pleasure carriage," 1895, from Surrey cart, an English pleasure cart (introduced in U.S. 1872), named for Surrey, England, where it first was made.


Old English suþrige (722), literally "Southerly District" (relative to Middlesex).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper