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limousine

[lim-uh-zeen, lim-uh-zeen] /ˈlɪm əˌzin, ˌlɪm əˈzin/
noun
1.
any large, luxurious automobile, especially one driven by a chauffeur.
2.
a large sedan or small bus, especially one for transporting passengers to and from an airport, between train stations, etc.
3.
a former type of automobile having a permanently enclosed compartment for from three to five persons, with a roof projecting forward over the driver's seat in front.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < French: kind of motorcar, special use of limousine long cloak, so called because worn by the shepherds of Limousin
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British Dictionary definitions for limousines

limousine

/ˈlɪməˌziːn; ˌlɪməˈziːn/
noun
1.
any large and luxurious car, esp one that has a glass division between the driver and passengers
2.
a former type of car in which the roof covering the rear seats projected over the driver's compartment
Word Origin
C20: from French, literally: cloak (originally one worn by shepherds in Limousin), hence later applied to the car
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Word Origin and History for limousines
limousine
1902, "enclosed automobile with open driver's seat," from Fr. limousine, from Limousin, region in central France, originally an adj. referring to its chief city, Limoges, from L. Lemovices, name of a people who lived near there, perhaps named in ref. to their elm spears or bows. The Latin adjective form of the name, Lemovicinus, is the source of Fr. Limousin. Modern automobile meaning evolved from perceived similarity of the car's profile to a type of hood worn by the inhabitants of that province. Since 1930s, synonymous in Amer.Eng. with "luxury car;" applied from 1972 to vehicles that take people to and from large airports. Limousine liberal first attested 1969.
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