- \ \  The hansom cab, the taxi of the second half of the 19th century, was the brainchild of James Aloysius Hansom (1803– 82), an architect, whose other main claim to fame is that he designed Birmingham town hall.\ \ In 1834 he took out a patent for a Safety Cab, which included many features incorporated into the hansom cab when it came into general use in the late 1840s. In the 1890s the word was used as a verb: ‘To think that I … a raging Democrat, should be hansoming it to and fro between my Ladies and Honourables’, Sabine Baring-Gould Armine 1890.
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hansom — UK [ˈhæns(ə)m] / US [ˈhænsəm] or hansom cab UK / US noun [countable] Word forms hansom : singular hansom plural hansoms a covered vehicle with two wheels pulled by a horse, used in the past as a taxi … English dictionary
Hansom — Han som (h[a^]n s[u^]m), n., Hansom cab Han som cab (k[a^]b ). [From the name of the inventor.] A light, low, two wheeled covered carriage with the driver s seat elevated behind, the reins being passed over the top. [1913 Webster] He hailed a… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
hansom — (also hansom cab) ► NOUN historical ▪ a two wheeled horse drawn cab with space for two inside, with the driver seated behind. ORIGIN named after the English architect Joseph A. Hansom (1803 82), who patented it … English terms dictionary
hansom — two wheeled, two person cab, 1847, from James A. Hansom (1803 1882), English architect who designed such a vehicle c.1834 … Etymology dictionary
Hansom — (engl., spr. hännßöm), in England eine nach dem Erfinder benannte zweiräderige, leichte, ungedeckte, schnell fahrende Droschke mit nur zwei Sitzen. Der erhöhte Kutscherbock befindet sich im Rücken der Fahrgäste, mit denen der Kutscher durch eine… … Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon
Hansom — (engl., spr. hännsŏm), nach dem Erfinder benannte zweiräderige Droschke mit zwei Sitzen … Kleines Konversations-Lexikon
hansom — hànsom m DEFINICIJA pov. engleska pokrivena kočija na 2 kotača, kočijaš je straga na visokom sjedalu ETIMOLOGIJA engl. prema graditelju kočije, engleskom arhitektu J. A. Hansomu (1803 1882) … Hrvatski jezični portal
hansom —  The hansom cab, the taxi of the second half of the 19th century, was the brainchild of James Aloysius Hansom (1803– 82), an architect, whose other main claim to fame is that he designed Birmingham town hall. In 1834 he took out a patent for… … The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins
hansom — n. (in full hansom cab) hist. a two wheeled horse drawn cab accommodating two inside, with the driver seated behind. Etymology: J. A. Hansom, Engl. architect d. 1822, who designed it * * * hansom(e, sum obs. ff. handsome … Useful english dictionary
hansom — noun Etymology: Joseph A. Hansom died 1882 English architect Date: 1847 a light 2 wheeled covered carriage with the driver s seat elevated behind called also hansom cab … New Collegiate Dictionary