|1.||a compact breed of harness horse with a high-stepping trot|
|2.||a. a coach or carriage that is for hire|
|b. (as modifier): a hackney carriage|
|3.||a popular term for hack|
|4.||(tr; usually passive) to make commonplace and banal by too frequent use|
|[C14: probably after |
inner borough of London, in the historic county of Middlesex. Hackney lies north of the City of London and Tower Hamlets, and its eastern boundary is the River Lea. It was created a borough in 1965 by the amalgamation of the former metropolitan boroughs of Shoreditch, Hackney, and Stoke Newington. Hackney includes areas and historic villages such as (from north to south) Stoke Newington, Upper Clapton, Lea Bridge, Lower Clapton, Dalston, Homerton, Hackney Wick, Hackney, Kingsland, Haggerston, Hoxton, and Shoreditch. Shoreditch, near the City, is industrial and commercial in character, whereas the rest of Hackney is largely residential with pockets of industry, notably along the Lea valley.
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