Definitions

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.

Etymologies

French voiture +‎ ette, first used in 1895 by Léon Bollée to describe his new motor tricycle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • French Vocabulary la belle-tante = aunt-in-law la voiturette = little car le panier = basket le/la nouveau-né (e) = newborn le cochonnet = piglet c'est un bébé lièvre = it's a baby hare la maman = mother le/la rescapé (e) = survivor une pierraille = place, yard with loose stones nom de guerre = literally "war name" on verra = we shall see

    lievre - French Word-A-Day

  • I followed my belle-tante out to the vines beside which her voiturette was parked.

    lievre - French Word-A-Day

  • French Vocabulary la belle-tante = aunt-in-law la voiturette = little car le panier = basket le/la nouveau-né(e) = newborn le cochonnet = piglet c'est un bébé lièvre = it's a baby hare la maman = mother le/la rescapé(e) = survivor une pierraille = place, yard with loose stones nom de guerre = literally "war name"

    French Word-A-Day

  • This canvas is running out of room and we've yet to sketch the voiturette, * VaVa, * and the vêtements* aisle at Intermarché where the artist's words "It brings out the gypsy in you!" have me twirling round and round in a supermarket skirt.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • This canvas is running out of room and we've yet to sketch the voiturette,* VaVa,* and the vêtements* aisle at Intermarché where the artist's words "It brings out the gypsy in you!" have me twirling round and round in a supermarket skirt.

    oeuvre - French Word-A-Day

  • We started in all sorts of conveyances -- train, carriage, voiturette -- and found the Grande Rue full of people.

    Chateau and Country Life in France

  • He was bending over a prostrate body, and the cab-driver was bewailing the plight of his voiturette.

    The Wheel O' Fortune

  • Francis started off for the banquet at the Sauvage in his voiturette, but that long-suffering vehicle having made hundreds of kilomètres these last days, came to grief at the foot of "la Montagne de

    Chateau and Country Life in France

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