Definitions

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

  • n. A small hackney carriage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small carriage for hire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of French hackney coach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small four-wheeled carriage for hire; a hackney-coach.

Etymologies

French, after the Hôtel de Saint Fiacre in Paris.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fiacre. From Hotel Saint-Fiacre named after Irish saint Fiacre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant

  • 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.

    Pelham — Volume 02

  • 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.

    The Berrybender Narratives

  • 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'.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • Before the "fiacre" stops, Jules has an idea of the situation.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas A Franco-Californian Romance

  • Take a 'fiacre' on the street, and go to your friends.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas A Franco-Californian Romance

  • And the 'fiacre' was ordered to go as fast as possible to the Rue

    Jacqueline — Complete

  • Fiacre driver [A "fiacre" is a small horse-drawn cab.] (Small pendant sign below this empty slot says "in use".)

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  • 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

    Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders

  • There was but one thing to be done, to jump into this cab and follow the fiacre.

    Les Miserables

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  • Known of old as Saint Fiacre’s disease
    (That’s not a distinction likely to please),
    If you are annoyed
    By a hemorrhoid
    A prayer to him should give you ease.

    March 20, 2014

  • A carriage named after St. Fiacre, the patron saint of cab drivers. The connection derives, according to this site, from the fact that the Hotel de Saint Fiacre in Paris rented carriages, and those who didn't know what they were referred to them as "Fiacre cabs."

    October 22, 2008