limousine[lim′ə zēn′, lim′ə zēn′]
- a former kind of automobile with a closed compartment seating three or more passengers and the top extended forward over the driver's seat
- any large, luxurious sedan, esp. one driven by a chauffeur and with a glass partition separating the driver and passengers
- ☆ a buslike sedan used to carry passengers to or from an airport, train station, etc.
Origin of limousineFrench literally , cloak, cape: from the costume worn in Limousin
- Any of various large passenger vehicles, especially a luxurious automobile usually driven by a chauffeur and sometimes having a partition separating the passenger compartment from the driver's seat.
- A van or small bus used to carry passengers on a regular route, as between an airport and a downtown area.
Origin of limousineFrench, long shepherd's mantle, limousine (originally an automobile in which only the rear passengers were fully enclosed under a roof), from feminine of limousin, of Limousin (the automobile perhaps being so called because the roof projected over the driver like the hood of a mantle, or because it was developed by Charles Jeantaud (1843–1906), native of Limousin ).
From French limousine, originally an adjective referring to the city Limoges, from Latin Lemovices (adjective Lemovicinus), name of a Gaulish tribe in central France, most likely a reference to their elm bows and spears.
- A region of France