horseless carriage


: automobile
used especially of early models

Examples of horseless carriage in a Sentence

with the coming of the horseless carriage, distances between places were greatly reduced and the national landscape was transformed
Recent Examples on the Web Uriah Smith thought that sticking a horse head on the front of a horseless carriage would prevent horses from getting upset upon seeing one. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, 4 Oct. 2023 Ferdinand Porsche first put them in a prototype horseless carriage in 1900. WIRED, 3 Oct. 2023 There’s no argument that today’s cars, trucks, and SUVs are built and engineered far better than at any point since the days of the horseless carriage. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Within a decade, however, the horseless carriage had greatly reduced demand for horse clippers. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Ford's 'horseless carriage' had two speeds — 10 and 20 miles per hour selected by twin drive belts. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 4 June 2021 The horseless carriage made its debut in Washington in 1897. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2021 Electricity has actually been competing with gasoline—and steam—to power automobiles since the very dawn of the horseless carriage. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 27 May 2020 Still, the arguments filmmakers are making in favor of the movie-theater experience over the living-room experience are akin to those once made in favor of transportation by Palomino stallion rather than horseless carriage. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 7 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of horseless carriage was in 1895

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“Horseless carriage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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