- \ \  Limousin is a former province of central France. Its inhabitants commonly wore a distinctive style of cloak, and when at the beginning of the 20th century a new and luxurious type of car was designed with a closed passenger compartment and an open but roofed seat for the driver, it evidently struck someone that the roof resembled a Limousin cloak, and so the car was named a limousine. The American abbreviation limo is first recorded from the 1960s.
Word origins - 2ed. J. Ayto. 2005.
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limousine — [ limuzin ] n. f. • 1836; de limousin 1 ♦ Vieilli Pèlerine d étoffe grossière que portent les bergers. Le berger « se dépouille de sa lourde limousine de bure » (Giono). 2 ♦ (1903) Automobile à quatre portes et six glaces. « La limousine noire [ … Encyclopédie Universelle
Limousine — Sf geschlossenes Fahrzeug erw. fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. limousine m./(f.), ursprünglich: eine Art Mantel . Ebenso nndl. limousine, ne. limousine, nfrz. (obs.) limousine, nschw. limousin, nnorw. limousin. Das französische… … Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache
Limousine — Li mou*sine , n. [Cf. F. limousine a kind of cloak, fr. Limousin, an old province in central France.] an elongated, luxurious automobile, designed to be driven by a chauffeur and often having a glass partition between the driver s seat and the… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
limousine — (n.) 1902, enclosed automobile with open driver s seat, from Fr. limousine, from Limousin, region in central France, originally an adjective referring to its chief city, Limoges, from L. Lemovices, name of a people who lived near there, perhaps… … Etymology dictionary
Limousine — Limousine: Die Bezeichnung für einen Personenkraftwagen mit festem Verdeck (oder Schiebedach) wurde um 1900 aus gleichbed. frz. limousine entlehnt. Das frz. Wort bedeutet eigentlich »weiter, großer Schutzmantel« (wie ihn ursprünglich besonders… … Das Herkunftswörterbuch
Limousine — Limousine,die:⇨Auto(1) … Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme
Limousine — A dress or costume fabric made from worsted yarns. The cloth is fulled and slightly raised. The weave is a herringbone twill with narrow stripes of another simple weave dividing the twill ground into stripes. A fancy loop yarn is also used as… … Dictionary of the English textile terms
limousine — ► NOUN ▪ a large, luxurious car. ORIGIN French, originally denoting a caped cloak worn in the region of Limousin; the car originally had an outside driving seat and an enclosed passenger compartment that was likened to the cloak … English terms dictionary
limousine — [lim΄ə zēn′, lim′ə zēn΄] n. [Fr, lit., cloak, cape: from the costume worn in LIMOUSIN] 1. a former kind of automobile with a closed compartment seating three or more passengers and the top extended forward over the driver s seat 2. any large,… … English World dictionary
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