noun, plural tax·is or tax·ies.

verb (used without object), tax·ied, tax·i·ing or tax·y·ing.

to ride or travel in a taxicab.
(of an airplane) to move over the surface of the ground or water under its own power.

verb (used with object), tax·ied, tax·i·ing or tax·y·ing.

to cause (an airplane) to taxi.

Origin of taxi

1905–10, Americanism; short for taxicab
Related formsun·tax·ied, adjective


variant of taxo-: taxidermy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for taxi

Contemporary Examples of taxi

Historical Examples of taxi

  • When the day came Jan took Ayah to her new quarters in a taxi.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • He hailed a taxi, and they got into it and were driven down Fitzjohn's Avenue and homewards.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He had collapsed on the cushions of the taxi, and remained motionless.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • The trio got into a waiting car and Haggerty trailed them in a taxi.

    Poisoned Air

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • It was only half-past ten when she forced a yawn and asked him to get her a taxi.

British Dictionary definitions for taxi


noun plural taxis or taxies

Also called: cab, taxicab a car, usually fitted with a taximeter, that may be hired, along with its driver, to carry passengers to any specified destination

verb taxies, taxiing, taxying or taxied

to cause (an aircraft) to move along the ground under its own power, esp before takeoff and after landing, or (of an aircraft) to move along the ground in this way
(intr) to travel in a taxi

Word Origin for taxi

C20: shortened from taximeter cab
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Word Origin and History for taxi

1907, shortening of taximeter cab (introduced in London in March 1907), from taximeter "automatic meter to record the distance and fare" (1898), from French taximètre, from German Taxameter (1890), coined from Medieval Latin taxa "tax, charge." An earlier English form was taxameter (1894), used in horse-drawn cabs. Taxi dancer "woman whose services may be hired at a dance hall" is recorded from 1930. Taxi squad in U.S. football is 1966, from a former Cleveland Browns owner who gave his reserves jobs with his taxicab company to keep them paid and available ["Dictionary of American Slang"], but other explanations (short-term hire or shuttling back and forth from the main team) seem possible.


1911, from earlier slang use of taxi (n.) for "aircraft." Related: Taxied; taxiing.

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