limousine

limousine (n.) 1902, "enclosed automobile with open driver's seat," from Fr. limousine, from Limousin, region in central France, originally an adjective referring to its chief city, Limoges, from L. Lemovices, name of a people who lived near there, perhaps named in ref. to their elm spears or bows. The Latin adjective form of the name, Lemovicinus, is the source of Fr. Limousin. Modern automobile meaning evolved from perceived similarity of the car's profile to a type of hood worn by the inhabitants of that province. Since 1930s, synonymous in Amer.Eng. with "luxury car;" applied from 1959 to vehicles that take people to and from large airports. Limousine liberal first attested 1969.

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  • limousine — [ limuzin ] n. f. • 1836; de limousin 1 ♦ Vieilli Pèlerine d étoffe grossière que portent les bergers. Le berger « se dépouille de sa lourde limousine de bure » (Giono). 2 ♦ (1903) Automobile à quatre portes et six glaces. « La limousine noire [ …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Limousine — Sf geschlossenes Fahrzeug erw. fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. limousine m./(f.), ursprünglich: eine Art Mantel .    Ebenso nndl. limousine, ne. limousine, nfrz. (obs.) limousine, nschw. limousin, nnorw. limousin. Das französische… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Limousine — Li mou*sine , n. [Cf. F. limousine a kind of cloak, fr. Limousin, an old province in central France.] an elongated, luxurious automobile, designed to be driven by a chauffeur and often having a glass partition between the driver s seat and the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Limousine — Limousine: Die Bezeichnung für einen Personenkraftwagen mit festem Verdeck (oder Schiebedach) wurde um 1900 aus gleichbed. frz. limousine entlehnt. Das frz. Wort bedeutet eigentlich »weiter, großer Schutzmantel« (wie ihn ursprünglich besonders… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Limousine — Limousine,die:⇨Auto(1) …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • Limousine — A dress or costume fabric made from worsted yarns. The cloth is fulled and slightly raised. The weave is a herringbone twill with narrow stripes of another simple weave dividing the twill ground into stripes. A fancy loop yarn is also used as… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • limousine — ► NOUN ▪ a large, luxurious car. ORIGIN French, originally denoting a caped cloak worn in the region of Limousin; the car originally had an outside driving seat and an enclosed passenger compartment that was likened to the cloak …   English terms dictionary

  • limousine — [lim΄ə zēn′, lim′ə zēn΄] n. [Fr, lit., cloak, cape: from the costume worn in LIMOUSIN] 1. a former kind of automobile with a closed compartment seating three or more passengers and the top extended forward over the driver s seat 2. any large,… …   English World dictionary

  • Limousine — A limousine (or limo) is a longer than normal luxury car. The chassis may have been extended by the manufacturer or by an independent coach builder, traditionally black or white in color. Limousines are most commonly driven by chauffeurs and… …   Wikipedia

  • Limousine — Tatra 700 Limousine mit vier Türen BMW 3er (E30) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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