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hansom

[han-suh m] /ˈhæn səm/
noun
1.
a low-hung, two-wheeled, covered vehicle drawn by one horse, for two passengers, with the driver being mounted on an elevated seat behind and the reins running over the roof.
2.
any similar horse-drawn vehicle.
Also called hansom cab.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; named after J. A. Hansom (1803-82), English architect who designed it
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British Dictionary definitions for hansom cab

hansom

/ˈhænsəm/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital) a two-wheeled one-horse carriage with a fixed hood. The driver sits on a high outside seat at the rear Also called hansom cab
Word Origin
C19: short for hansom cab, named after its designer J. A. Hansom (1803–82)
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Word Origin and History for hansom cab

hansom

n.

"two-wheeled, two-person cab," 1847, from James A. Hansom (1803-1882), English architect who designed such a vehicle c.1834.

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Encyclopedia Article for hansom cab

low, two-wheeled, closed carriage patented in 1834, whose distinctive feature was the elevated driver's seat in the rear. It was entered from the front through a folding door and had one seat above the axle with room for two passengers. The driver spoke to the passengers through a trapdoor on top

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