1830–40; named after Duke of Clarence (1765–1837), later William IV Unabridged


a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “clear one.” Unabridged
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clarence (ˈklærəns)
a closed four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage, having a glass front
[C19: named after the Duke of Clarence (1765--1837)]

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Word Origin & History

proper name and surname, from M.L. Clarencia, name of dukedom created for Lionel, third son of Edward III, so called from town of Clare, Suffolk, whose heiress Lionel married.
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a horse-drawn, four-wheeled coupe that was named in honour of the Duke of Clarence and first introduced in 1840 in London. The body held two seats facing one another and could transport four people in comfort. The carriage was suspended most often on large elliptic springs between two sets of equally sized wheels. It was an especially large style of coupe, with a separate outside seat for the driver and an extended front window, usually curved.

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