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

  • n. A light, open, horse-drawn carriage with one seat and two or four wheels.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gig, buggy or light phaeton, typically with a high seat and closed back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light two-wheeled, or sometimes four-wheeled, carriage, without a top; -- so called from Lord Stanhope, for whom it was contrived.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light two-wheeled carriage without a top.

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

  • n. a light open horse-drawn carriage with two or four wheels and one seat


After the Reverend Fitzroy Stanhope (1787-1864), British clergyman.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Stanhope ("a surname"). Named after Captain Hon. Henry Fitzroy Stanhope, for whom it was first built. (Wiktionary)



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  • A light phaeton, usually with a high seat and closed back, named after Captain Hon. Henry FitzRoy Stanhope (ca. 1754-1828), son of William Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Harrington.

    October 22, 2008