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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.
1690-1700; < French; after the Hotel de St. Fiacre in Paris, where such carriages were first for hire Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for fiacres


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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Encyclopedia Article for fiacres


French coach for hire, named for the Hotel Saint-Fiacre, in Paris, where it was introduced in the 1640s. The first fiacres were boxlike, four-wheeled, open, hooded vehicles that were drawn by three horses and were designed to navigate the muddy Parisian streets. In 1794 about 800 were in use in Paris, and by the 19th century there were more than 1,500. The 19th-century fiacre resembled the carriages for hire used in England and the United States that were known as hackneys.

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