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[tak-see-mee-ter] /ˈtæk siˌmi tər/
a device fitted to a taxicab or other vehicle, for automatically computing and indicating the fare due.
Origin of taximeter
1885-90; < French taximètre, equivalent to taxe tax + -i- -i- + -mètre -meter; replacing earlier taxameter < German, equivalent to Taxa (< Medieval Latin: tax, charge) + -meter -meter Unabridged
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Examples from the web for taximeter
  • The taximeter shall combine fractional measures of distance and time to accrue a unit of fare.
  • The taximeter shall combine fractional measures of distance and time in accruing a unit of fare.
  • The taximeter and receipt should reflect that this trip is a flat fare.
  • Companies show drivers how to operate the taximeter and communications equipment and how to complete paperwork.
British Dictionary definitions for taximeter


a meter fitted to a taxi to register the fare, based on the length of the journey
Word Origin
C19: from French taximètre; see tax, -meter
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