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.
any similar horse-drawn vehicle.
Also called hansom cab.

1850–55; named after J. A. Hansom (1803–82), English architect who designed it

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

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Word Origin & History

"two-wheeled, two-person cab," 1847, from James A. Hansom (1803-1882), Eng. architect who designed such a vehicle c.1834.
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Example sentences
He seemed to have stepped from a hansom cab, missing only a top hat.
Apply for, renew, or get information about a license to run a hansom cab business or drive a horse drawn carriage.
Driving te the hotel is a hansom cab, fol lowed by a deg.
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