American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A light, open, horse-drawn carriage with one seat and two or four wheels.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A light two-wheeled carriage without a top.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A light two-wheeled, or sometimes four-wheeled, carriage, without a top; -- so called from Lord Stanhope, for whom it was contrived.
- n. a light open horse-drawn carriage with two or four wheels and one seat
- From Stanhope ("a surname"). Named after Captain Hon. Henry Fitzroy Stanhope, for whom it was first built. (Wiktionary)
- After the Reverend Fitzroy Stanhope (1787-1864), British clergyman. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The vehicle was not exactly a gig, neither was it a stanhope.”
“Flasher, Esquire, was at Brixton, Surrey; the horse and stanhope of”
“We had engaged a very nice mare and stanhope, which we knew we could depend upon, when, the day before the race, the chestnut was declared lame, and not a presentable four-legged animal was to be hired in”
“The stanhope is all to atoms, and the farmer claims compensation for the gate.”
“He hurried me into the stanhope, gave the rein to his active grey mare, and making a detour towards Kingston, we soon left the crowd behind us.”
“But let us get on to the next inn, and send people after the stanhope and the mare.”
“Away she went, harness, shafts, and all, leaving the stanhope in the ditch, and sending Jack and me flying, like experimental fifty-sixes in the marshes at Woolwich, halfway across the meadow.”
“One day in the ring, Rawdons stanhope came in sight; Rebecca was seated by him.”
“When the carriages met again, he stood up in his stanhope; he raised his hand ready to doff his hat; he looked with all his eyes.”
“Before the inn there stood a yellow-wheeled stanhope with a horse which, from his manner of trembling all over for no conceivable reason, and manifest desire to stand upon his hind legs, I conceived to be a thorough-bred; and, hanging grimly to the bridle, now in the air, now on terra firma, alternately coaxing and cursing, was my friend the Semi-quavering Ostler.”
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