Definition of limousine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈliməˌzēn/
Pronunciation: /ˌliməˈzēn/


1A large, luxurious automobile, especially one driven by a chauffeur who is separated from the passengers by a partition.
Example sentences
  • The noise grows louder and she is blinded by the headlights of a black limousine, which is hurtling towards her.
  • The Defendant engaged in frequent and expensive foreign travel with his wife, went out to numerous restaurants, and made lavish use of chauffeur driven limousines all at the Company's expense.
  • Some were driven in black limousines with mirrored windows and no registration plates.
1.1chiefly North American A car licensed to transport passengers in return for payment, typically more luxurious than a taxi and not fitted with a taximeter.
1.2chiefly North American A large passenger vehicle carrying people to and from an airport.
Example sentences
  • They were met on the airport apron by a fleet of coaches and limousines which carried them across the border to Castle Leslie.
  • Audi made the well-intentioned mistake of taking us from and to the airport in flagship A8 limousines, not one of which rode as well as this.
  • In a limousine leaving the airport, agent and client spoke for five or six minutes.


Early 20th century: from French, feminine adjective meaning 'of Limousin', originally denoting a caped cloak worn in Limousin: the car originally had a roof that protected the outside driving seat.

  • In French a limousine was a cloak with a cape, of a type worn in Limousin, a region of central France. People saw a resemblance between this distinctive garment and early forms of motor car in which the driver's seat was outside in a separate compartment covered with a canopy. The name, first recorded shortly after 1900, passed to large, luxurious cars driven by a chauffeur separated from the passengers by a partition. The word was abbreviated to limo in the 1960s, while in the 1980s the stretch limo made its appearance.

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Syllabification: lim·ou·sine

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