Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An automobile that carries passengers for a fare, usually calculated by a taximeter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A public ‘cab’ or carriage which carries a fare-indicator. See taximeter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an automobile with a professional driver which can be hired to carry passengers; -- also called a taxi, and informally called a cab or a hack. The driver of a taxicab is referred to as a cab driver or cabbie, and sometimes as a chauffeur or hackie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a vehicle that passengers hire to take them between locations of their choice, the fare being calculated with a taximeter; a taxi or cab

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

  • noun a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money

Etymologies

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

[taxi(meter) + cab.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Blend of taximeter and cabriolet

Examples

  • New Yorkers, and Americans in general, are indeed given to using cab, cropped from the back end of the word taxicab, interchangeably with taxi.

    The English Is Coming!

  • New Yorkers, and Americans in general, are indeed given to using cab, cropped from the back end of the word taxicab, interchangeably with taxi.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Driving a taxicab is one of the most dangerous occupations in Canada.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • A few years back, I got interested in taxicab tipping – and what influences how much people tip.

    The Racial Tipping Point - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • A few years back, I got interested in taxicab tipping – and what influences how much people tip.

    The Racial Tipping Point - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • I was not sure that this surmise was not due to an over-active imagination, but I was determined to get away from the man's scrutiny, so I called a taxicab and gave the driver my address.

    Jacqueline of Golden River

  • In a sort of helpless, breakfastless rage we called a taxicab and went to Tish's.

    Tish

  • He found himself incapable of work, and at three o'clock, to the surprise of his clerks, who had thought his unexpected visit must mean an important conference of directors, he called a taxicab and started for Westbury.

    The Perils of Pauline

  • Hotel, where he called a taxicab and drove to his offices.

    Havoc

  • And then a little later, he called the taxicab, which allegedly took him to the scene of the crime.

    NPR Topics: News

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