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hansom definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a two-wheeled horse-drawn covered carriage with the driver's seat above and behind the passengers [syn: hansom, hansom cab]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Joseph A. Hansom died 1882 English architect Date: 1847 a light 2-wheeled covered carriage with the driver's seat elevated behind called also hansom cab

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (in full hansom cab) hist. a two-wheeled horse-drawn cab accommodating two inside, with the driver seated behind. Etymology: J. A. Hansom, Engl. architect d. 1822, who designed it

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Hansom Han"som, n., Hansom cab Han"som cab` [From the name of the inventor.] A light, low, two-wheeled covered carriage with the driver's seat elevated behind, the reins being passed over the top. He hailed a cruising hansom . . . `` 'Tis the gondola of London,'' said Lothair. --Beaconsfield.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(hansoms) In former times, a hansom or a hansom cab was a horse-drawn carriage with two wheels and a fixed hood. N-COUNT



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