han·​som | \ ˈhan(t)-səm How to pronounce hansom (audio) \

Definition of hansom

: a light 2-wheeled covered carriage with the driver's seat elevated behind

called also hansom cab

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Examples of hansom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The three musicians have grown from talented tweens to svelte, beyond-hansom thirty somethings. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Hanson's 25th anniversary tour floods the Joy with joy in New Orleans," 17 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hansom

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hansom

Joseph A. Hansom †1882 English architect

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The first known use of hansom was in 1847

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“Hansom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hansom. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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han·​som | \ ˈhan-səm How to pronounce hansom (audio) \

Kids Definition of hansom

: a light covered carriage that has two wheels and a driver's seat elevated at the rear

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