a device fitted to a taxicab or other vehicle, for automatically computing and indicating the fare due.

Origin of taximeter

1885–90; < French taximètre, equivalent to taxe tax + -i- -i- + -mètre -meter; replacing earlier taxameter < German, equivalent to Taxa (< Medieval Latin: tax, charge) + -meter -meter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for taximeter

Historical Examples of taximeter

  • Adieus were said, and Paul found himself again in his taximeter cab.

    High Noon


  • He called a taximeter cab, and drove rapidly to Berkeley Square.

    The Moving Finger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • We purred extravagantly up the Avenue, and how horrified Aunt Lyddy would be at the taximeter!

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • He glanced at the dial of his taximeter, which had registered one franc twenty-five, and pulled the flag up.


    Justus Miles Forman

  • That afternoon then he stepped out of the hôtel and engaged a fiacre—a taximeter would be of no use, Paul thought.

    High Noon


British Dictionary definitions for taximeter



a meter fitted to a taxi to register the fare, based on the length of the journey

Word Origin for taximeter

C19: from French taximètre; see tax, -meter
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