pha·​eton | \ ˈfā-ə-tən How to pronounce phaeton (audio) \

Definition of phaeton

1 : any of various light four-wheeled horse-drawn vehicles

Examples of phaeton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Where Your Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Were Born," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of phaeton

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Phaeton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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