taxi

Definitions

General English

Aviation

Cars & Driving

  • noun a car in which passengers are carried for a rate which is usually recorded by a meter

Travel

  • noun a car which takes people from one place to another for money
  • verb to go along the ground before takeoff or after landing

Origin & History of “taxi”

Taxi is short for taximeter cab, a term coined around 1890 for a cab fitted with a taximeter, a device for showing the fare to be paid. Taximeter (19th c.) was borrowed from French taximètre, a compound noun formed from taxe ‘charge, tariff’ (a relative of English tax) and mètre ‘meter’.
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