from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, compact car.
- n. A lightweight vehicle with an engine of limited capacity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given in France to a light motor-car, usually for two persons, or for two more in an extra or folding seat. The voiturette is lighter, shorter, and less highly powered, and therefore cheaper than the larger cars.
French voiture + ette, first used in 1895 by Léon Bollée to describe his new motor tricycle. (Wiktionary)