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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
  • There was the tram line, if m'sieur did not care to take a fiacre.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • 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
  • To his way of thinking the behavior of the fiacre was quite unaccountable.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • A fiacre had been called up, and was in readiness at the door.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
  • He then sent him on, in the carriage; and he, with the bag I have mentioned, got into the fiacre.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • 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
  • He asked us to send him the first fiacre we met on our way to town.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • 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
  • As she said you had driven off in a fiacre, it was evidently of no use waiting.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
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
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