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limousine

Syllabification: lim·ou·sine
Pronunciation: /ˈliməˌzēn
 
, ˌliməˈzēn
 
/

Definition of limousine in English:

noun

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 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.

Origin

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.

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