One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small four-wheeled carriage for public hire.
taxi, cab, taxi cab, minicab, hackney cabView synonyms
- ‘The fiacre started off at a rapid pace.’
- ‘You will await in there with a fiacre and take me to the king.’
Late 17th century: from French, named after the Hôtel de St Fiacre in Paris, where such vehicles were first hired out.
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