Definition of hansom in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhansəm/
(also hansom cab)


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A two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage accommodating two inside, with the driver seated behind.
Example sentences
  • Far into the distance curved the line of flickering gas-lamps, and outside a little walled-in house stood a solitary hansom, the driver asleep inside.
  • I spied a steam engine I could use to fashion a turret, and boiler plates could be secured inside the hansom to armor us from their fell weapons.
  • He goes to Bond Street and hails a hansom, tells the driver an address, and gives him some extra money when the driver tells him it is too far.


Mid 19th century: named after Joseph A. Hansom (1803–82), English architect, patentee of such a cab in 1834.

Words that rhyme with hansom

ransom, Ransome, transom

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Syllabification: han·som

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