phaeton

[fey-i-tn or, esp. British, feyt-n]
noun
1.
any of various light, four-wheeled carriages, with or without a top, having one or two seats facing forward, used in the 19th century.
2.
a vintage automobile of the touring-car type.

Origin:
1585–95; special use of Latin Phaetōn, variant of Phaethōn Phaethon

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phaeton (ˈfeɪtən)
 
n
a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with or without a top, usually having two seats
 
[C18: from Phaëthon]

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phaeton
type of light four-wheeled carriage, 1742, from Fr. (1735), from Gk. Phaethon name of the son of Helios and Clymene, who tried to drive his father's sun-chariot but crashed after almost setting fire to the whole earth. His name is lit. "shining," from phaein "to shine, gleam," from phaos "light." Earlier
as a name for a rash or adventurous driver (1593).
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phaeton

open, four-wheeled, doorless carriage, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. It contained one or two seats, usually had a folding, or falling, top, and was owner-driven (i.e., it had no outside driver's seat). The most spectacular phaeton was the English four-wheeled high-flyer, the body of which consisted of a light seat for two, resting atop two sets of springs and reached by ladder.

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They rode in a comfortable old phaeton drawn by the white horse.
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