[ tak-see-mee-ter ]

  1. 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 taxetax + -i--i- + -mètre-meter; replacing earlier taxameter<German, equivalent to Taxa (<Medieval Latin: tax, charge) + -meter-meter

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How to use taximeter in a sentence

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

    High Noon | Anonymous
  • The figure stopped to read the taximeter, shook his fist at the chauffeur, and approached me, muttering audibly.

    The Window at the White Cat | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • taximeter, tak-sim′e-tėr, n. an instrument attached to cabs for indicating the fare due for the distance travelled.

  • True to his word, on the next day he left the hotel in a taximeter cab which turned down the Champs Elysées.

    The Key to Yesterday | Charles Neville Buck
  • She stepped into the taximeter and drove away, with a farewell nod, abrupt although not altogether unkindly.

    The Moving Finger | E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for taximeter


/ (ˈtæksɪˌmiːtə) /

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

Origin of taximeter

C19: from French taximètre; see tax, -meter

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