Definition of limousine in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɪməziːn//ˌlɪməˈziːn/


  • 1A large, luxurious car, especially one driven by a chauffeur who is separated from the passengers by a partition.

    ‘the Prince was whisked away in a black limousine’
    • ‘In his black limousine with the number one license plate, he would be driven into Chicago in solitary splendor.’
    • ‘Heads turned as a black limousine pulled up on the edge of the footpath.’
    • ‘At a tender age he had become a chauffeur to a wealthy woman and was in charge of a fleet of limousines, Mercedes Benz cars and Alfa Romeos.’
    • ‘Some were driven in black limousines with mirrored windows and no registration plates.’
    • ‘The chauffeur of the black limousine got down from the vehicle and went to open the back passenger seat.’
    • ‘The noise grows louder and she is blinded by the headlights of a black limousine, which is hurtling towards her.’
    • ‘Mr Miranda was cleaning his limousine at the car wash when a red pickup pulled in and parked in a wash bay.’
    • ‘Draynor physically shoved his chauffeur out of the limousine and climbed into the driver's seat.’
    • ‘the man behind the podium asked them, his eyes briefly following the black limousine as it drove towards the open lot for parking beside the restaurant.’
    • ‘Out in the circle of the driveway was a long, black car - a limousine - with a tall man opening the door for us.’
    • ‘Jonnie Adair drives the black limousine up to the driveway, then shifts the car into park.’
    • ‘We step into the black limousine waiting outside the building.’
    • ‘We will take a ride in a luxurious limousine that contains a TV, all at my expense.’
    • ‘He strolled to a window and opened the shutters to peer down at the street far below, where nine black limousines were parading past the entrance to discharge their passengers one by one.’
    • ‘The black limousine came slowly around the corner and pulled up next to the colossal sight that was Air Force One.’
    • ‘With fragrant roses, beautiful costumes and doves, the brides and bridegrooms will have to stand in luxurious limousines which then drive along the main commercial street, Huaihai Lu, in procession.’
    • ‘The lucky winner and a friend will spend a night at the five star St David's Hotel and Spa and will be chauffeur driven in a limousine during their stay.’
    • ‘They lined the pockets of certain individuals, who despite the company's bankruptcy, will continue to live in their grand mansions and will continue to drive their luxurious limousines.’
    • ‘Witnesses said a man in a baseball cap opened fire as the minister was about to get into a chauffeur-driven limousine in the parking lot of the Dutch media centre in the central city of Hilversum.’
    • ‘The Defendant engaged in frequent and expensive foreign travel with his wife, went out to numerous restaurants, and made lavish use of chauffeur driven limousines all at the Company's expense.’
    1. 1.1North American A car licensed to transport passengers in return for payment, typically more luxurious than a taxi and not fitted with a taximeter.
    2. 1.2North American A passenger vehicle carrying people to and from an airport.
      • ‘Transportation from Lester B. Pearson International Airport is available by taxicab, airport limousine and airport express bus.’
      • ‘But under current licensing laws limousines are not permitted to carry any more than eight paying passengers.’
      • ‘They stepped out of the airport on the other side and Jason signaled at a limousine nearby.’
      • ‘The rules were then changed to allow limousines, tour buses, handicapped vehicles and ambulances to drive up to Terminal 2.’
      • ‘Eight national car rental chains are located at the airport; taxi and limousines are also available.’
      • ‘In a limousine leaving the airport, agent and client spoke for five or six minutes.’
      • ‘They were met on the airport apron by a fleet of coaches and limousines which carried them across the border to Castle Leslie.’
      • ‘Audi made the well-intentioned mistake of taking us from and to the airport in flagship A8 limousines, not one of which rode as well as this.’
      • ‘Tyson gave the jewellery to Finkel and, in a fit of rage, stomped out of his hotel, took a limousine to the airport and announced he was going home.’
      • ‘Guest services include portable telefax units, guest history program, and airport limousine and representative.’
      • ‘When all was settled, the two couples parted, one getting into their limousine to be taken to the airport while the other into their car to go home.’
      • ‘They were offered flights to Brisbane and accommodation on the Gold Coast for $100 each as well as a limousine from the airport and lunch at Sanctuary Cove.’
      • ‘Putting on a pair of sunglasses to protect herself from the bright morning sun, a woman follows her chauffeur out of the airport to a waiting limousine.’
      • ‘Since his arrival, Edgar said, ‘there are no limousines picking people up and taking them to the airport,’ and no longer are corporate credit cards being used in questionable ways.’
      • ‘The limousine was waiting at the airport, and an hour later we were in Treetops, which was exactly as it said it was, with a pool and 50 yards from the beach.’
      • ‘The two leaders had an opportunity to speak with each other for about 20 minutes during a limousine ride from Sunan airport to the Paekhwawon, the report said.’
      • ‘When we finally left in despair, the casino paid for a limousine to the airport.’
      • ‘I then had one of the hotel's limousines take us to the airport to head back home.’
      • ‘Most of the luggage was already packed into a rented limousine that would take them to the Los Angeles International Airport, several miles away.’
      • ‘The best part is the economics of not having to pay for a $25-50.00 airport limousine between the airport and hotel at each end of my trip.’


Early 20th century: from French, feminine adjective meaning ‘of Limousin’, originally denoting a caped cloak worn in Limousin (see Limousin): originally the driver's seat of the car was outside in a separate compartment, covered with a canopy.