Definition of taximeter in English:



  • A device used in taxis that automatically records the distance travelled and the fare payable.

    • ‘In the case of this defence of the Christian conviction I confess that I would as soon begin the argument with one thing as another; I would begin it with a turnip or a taximeter cab.’
    • ‘Sri Lankan score is running like an Indian taximeter.’
    • ‘From Monday, January 28, Laois County Council set maximum fare structure for taxis licensed to operate in the taximeter area of Portlaoise.’
    • ‘The new regulations will come into effect on July 1 from which date a taximeter must be installed in each vehicle.’
    • ‘For all journeys outside the taximeter areas, fares may be negotiated between driver and customer.’
    • ‘Electric trams, taximeter cabs and motorised buses plied the streets of the capital looking for trade.’
    • ‘With this in mind he wants: swivel front passenger seats in all cars, a minimum car size, a minimum engine size, talking taximeters and older cars off the road.’
    • ‘The Co. Council has decided to send a submission to the Commission for Taxi Regulation seeking to have the administrative areas of Tramore and Lismore town councils designated as taximeter areas.’
    • ‘It is expected that all taximeters will be converted to the euro by February 9.’
    • ‘I don't know how the driver managed to make the taximeter read 600 yuan because we learned in the hotel that the fare should have been between 120 and 130 yuan.’
    • ‘He highlighted that taximeters will not be changing over to the Euro until midday on January 1.’
    milometer, odometer, counter
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Late 19th century: from French taximètre, from taxe ‘tariff’, from the verb taxer ‘to tax’ + -mètre ‘(instrument) measuring’.