from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A light, two-wheeled, open carriage with two seats, used in the 19th century.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small open two-wheeled carriage.
- n. Sixpence (formerly the fare from Gravesend to Tilbury Fort).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of gig or two-wheeled carriage, without a top or cover.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gig or two-wheeled carriage without a top or cover.
The wheelwright had seen at the first glance that the tilbury was a hired vehicle.
He went to the theatre, drove a "tilbury," and attended native _réunions_, to deploy his abilities before the _beau sexe_ of his class.
It was a two-wheeled vehicle, which claimed none of the modern appellations of tilbury, tandem, dennet, or the like; but aspired only to the humble name of that almost forgotten accommodation, a whiskey; or, according to some authorities, a tim-whiskey.
I own my ears did tingle a little at the word treasure, and that a handsome tilbury, with a neat groom in blue and scarlet livery, having a smart cockade on his glazed hat, seemed as it were to glide across the room before gay eyes, while a voice, as of a crier, pronounced my ear,
The wheel of the tilbury received quite a violent shock.
It was a tilbury harnessed to a small white horse.
“It was a frightful old trap; it rests flat on the axle; it is an actual fact that the seats were suspended inside it by leather thongs; the rain came into it; the wheels were rusted and eaten with moisture; it would not go much further than the tilbury; a regular ramshackle old stage-wagon; the gentleman would make a great mistake if he trusted himself to it,” etc., etc.
That night the wagon which was descending to M. sur M. by the Hesdin road, collided at the corner of a street, just as it was entering the town, with a little tilbury harnessed to a white horse, which was going in the opposite direction, and in which there was but one person, a man enveloped in a mantle.
That it was it who had broken the wheel of the tilbury and who was stopping him on the road.
“Monsieur Scaufflaire,” said he, “at what sum do you estimate the value of the horse and tilbury which you are to let to me, — the one bearing the other?”