Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A four-wheeled carriage with front and back passenger seats that face each other and a roof in two sections that can be lowered or detached.
  • n. A style of automobile with a similar roof.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of lightweight, four-wheeled carriage in which the front and back passenger seats face each other.
  • n. A style of automobile which is based around the idea of landau carriages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A four-wheeled covered vehicle, the top of which is divided into two sections which can be let down, or thrown back, in such a manner as to make an open carriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A two-seated carriage having the top in two parts, the rear part pivoted and arranged to fold down behind the back seat, and the front part admitting of removal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a four-wheel covered carriage with a roof divided into two parts (front and back) that can be let down separately
  • n. Soviet physicist who worked on low temperature physics (1908-1968)

Etymologies

After Landau, a city of southwest Germany.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after the German city of Landau where such carriages were first made. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That when he got there, lo and behold! there was another carriage standing there at the gate, and not no common hack neither, but what he called a landau, with the top all throwed back, and a driver with a stove-pipe hat.

    A Special Providence

  • He arrived in a comfortable open carriage — one of the kind called landau — drawn by two tall and powerful but not well-shaped horses.

    The Torrents of Spring

  • They are alone in the immense landau, which is filled with flowers like a giant basket.

    Complete Original Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant

  • He arrived in a comfortable open carriage -- one of the kind called landau -- drawn by two tall and powerful but not well-shaped horses.

    The Torrents of Spring

  • You remind the mechanic that the man in the landau has been the ruin of thousands and you mention people whom he himself knows, people in various grades of life, widows and orphans amongst them, whose little all has been dissipated, and whom he has reduced to beggary by inducing them to become sharers in his delusive schemes.

    The Romany Rye

  • You remind the mechanic that the man in the landau has been the ruin of thousands, and you mention people whom he himself knows, people in various grades of life, widows and orphans amongst them, whose little all he has dissipated, and whom he has reduced to beggary by inducing them to become sharers in his delusive schemes.

    The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'

  • A landau was a "social carriage" meant to haul four rich folks in bouncy, horse-poop-scented comfort back in the 18th century, but Malaise Era marketers in the Motor City made the name their own.

    Jalopnik: Top

  • When Mrs. Radcliffe, at the date definitely given of 1584, talks about "the Parisian opera," represents a French girl of the sixteenth century as being "instructed in the English poets," and talks about driving in a "landau," the individual blunders are, perhaps, not more violent than those of the chronology by which Scott's Ulrica is apparently a girl at the time of the Conquest and a woman, not too old to be the object of rivalry between Front de Boeuf and his father, not long before the reign of Richard I.

    The English Novel

  • Remember that the American carmaker responded to the threat of smaller, cheaper, better, more economical foreign cars in the 1970s by taking a long, hard look at its fleet of behemoths, nodding sagely, and then adding spiffier "landau roofs."

    Gene and the Machine: The shocking truth about the electric Volt

  • Jefferson noted in an epistle to Adams that while it was "truly less convenient than a barouche landau, still, it is the only way to know that God goes with us."

    Jilly Gagnon: Christian Nation

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