pha·​eton ˈfā-ə-tən How to pronounce phaeton (audio)
: any of various light four-wheeled horse-drawn vehicles

Examples of phaeton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An open touring car, a phaeton conveyed the essence of speed and performance, and was built for real sporting types. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 26 Sep. 2022 Still, the industry used carriage types to describe its models, like phaeton (a light, open carriage), shooting brake (a carriage meant for gamekeepers and sportsmen) and cabriolet (a light carriage with a foldable hood drawn by one horse). James Schembari, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2017

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Word History



First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of phaeton was in 1742

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“Phaeton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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