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[fee-ah-ker, -ahk; French fya-kruh] /fiˈɑ kər, -ˈɑk; French ˈfya krə/
noun, plural fiacres
[fee-ah-kerz, -ahks; French fya-kruh] /fiˈɑ kərz, -ˈɑks; French ˈfya krə/ (Show IPA)
a small horse-drawn carriage.
Origin of fiacre
1690-1700; < French; after the Hotel de St. Fiacre in Paris, where such carriages were first for hire Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fiacre
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  • We engage a fiacre, drive around the town, whose growth and improvement in the interval of sixteen years do not fail to strike us.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • Arrived in Paris she remembered that she had not the money for a fiacre.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He dressed with great care, took a fiacre, and presented himself at Charlotte's door at an hour that he knew Jack must be away.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • He walked hastily to the side of the broad pavement and summoned a fiacre.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • A fiacre had been called up, and was in readiness at the door.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
  • Mr Judge has sent for a fiacre, and Miss Benson has asked to come too.

    The Independence of Claire Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • In the second place, the driver was drunk, and the horse was groggy, and the fiacre was in the last stage of dilapidation.

    In the Days of My Youth Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
  • There was the tram line, if m'sieur did not care to take a fiacre.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • As they approach it a fiacre is standing in front, as if but lately drawn up to deliver its fare—a traveller.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • To his way of thinking the behavior of the fiacre was quite unaccountable.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for fiacre


a small four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage, usually with a folding roof
Word Origin
C17: named after the Hotel de St Fiacre, Paris, where these vehicles were first hired out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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