Jitney definition

jĭtnē
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A small bus or a car, esp. one traveling a regular route, that carries passengers for a low fare, originally five cents.
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A small motor vehicle, such as a bus or van, that transports passengers on a route for a small fare.
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(slang, former) A five-cent coin; nickel.
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A small bus or minibus which typically operates service on a fixed route, sometimes scheduled.
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(slang) A nickel.
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A shared-ride taxi.
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(US, archaic) A small coin, a nickel.
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(in attributive use, US, archaic) Very inexpensive.
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A fraudulent arrangement whereby a broker who has direct access to an exchange executes trades on behalf of a broker who doesn't.
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An unlicensed taxi cab.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jitney
Plural:
jitneys

Origin of jitney

  • Perhaps from earlier jetton token, counter, gaming chip (from French jeton) (from jeter to throw) (from Old French jet) English –y

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • In original sense, a 5-cent US coin (a nickel); use for taxis and buses due to these services originally charging 5 cents as fare.

    From Wiktionary