American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small hackney carriage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small four-wheeled carriage for hire; a hackney-coach.
- n. A small carriage for hire.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of French hackney coach.
- From French fiacre. From Hotel Saint-Fiacre named after Irish saint Fiacre. (Wiktionary)
- French, after the Hôtel de Saint Fiacre in Paris. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He called a fiacre, took in his hand a leather bag which, the servant said, was just large enough to hold a few shirts and a coat, but that it was enormously heavy, as he could testify, for he held it in his hand, while his master took out his purse to count thirty-six Napoleons, for which the servant was to account when he should return.”
“We called a fiacre -- paid for monsieur Jocko, and drove to Vincent's apartments; there we found, however, that his valet had gone out and taken the key.”
“Lord Berrybender, much excited to be loose amid the game again, had converted their old cart into a kind of fiacre; he raced ahead with Senor Yanez and Signor Claricia, provided with some new guns he had purchased from William Ashley, eager to shoot whatever beasts presented themselves.”
“She was going out one evening with the Duchesse de Lupnes, lady of the palace, when her carriage broke down at the entrance into Paris; she was obliged to alight; the Duchess led her into a shop, while a footman called a 'fiacre'.”
“Before the "fiacre" stops, Jules has an idea of the situation.”
“Take a 'fiacre' on the street, and go to your friends.”
“And the 'fiacre' was ordered to go as fast as possible to the Rue”
“Fiacre driver [A "fiacre" is a small horse-drawn cab.] (Small pendant sign below this empty slot says "in use".)”
“The leaden skies showing no promise of clearing, we called the driver of the ancient "fiacre," and after settling our score at the "Grande Hôtel”
“There was but one thing to be done, to jump into this cab and follow the fiacre.”
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