Limousine meaning

lĭmə-zēn, lĭmə-zēn
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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.
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Any large, luxurious sedan, esp. one driven by a chauffeur and with a glass partition separating the driver and passengers.
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An automobile body with seats and permanent top like a coupe, and with the top projecting over the driver and a projecting front.
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An automobile with such a body.
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A luxury sedan/saloon car, especially one with a lengthened wheelbase or driven by a chauffeur.
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A region of France.
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A van or small bus used to carry passengers on a regular route, as between an airport and a downtown area.
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A former kind of automobile with a closed compartment seating three or more passengers and the top extended forward over the driver's seat.
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A buslike sedan used to carry passengers to or from an airport, train station, etc.
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Origin of limousine

  • French 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 American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary