Origin of taximeterFrench taximètre, altered (infl. by Classical Greek taxis: see taxis) from taxamètre from German taxameter from Medieval Latin taxa, tax + -meter, -meter
An instrument installed in a taxicab to measure distance traveled and waiting time and to compute and indicate the fare.
Origin of taximeterFrench taximètre alteration of taxamètre from German Taxameter Medieval Latin taxa tax ( from taxāre to tax ; see tax . ) -meter meter ( from Greek metron measure ; see -meter . )
From French taximÃ¨tre, from German Taxameter, coined from Medieval Latin taxa (tax, charge), from Proto-Indo-European base *tag- (to touch, to handle).
- A long-standing cause of complaint on the part of the public has been the common refusal of cab-drivers to accept their legal fares, but, on the other hand, several attempts to introduce cabs with an automatic taximeter failed, until the introduction of motor cabs, of which a few had already been plying for some time when in 1907 a large number, provided with taximeters, were put into service.