AskDefine | Define limousine

Dictionary Definition

limousine n : large luxurious car; usually driven by a chauffeur [syn: limo]

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English

Etymology

From limousine.

Noun

  1. An automobile body with seats and permanent top like a coupe, and with the top projecting over the driver and a projecting front
  2. An automobile with such a body.
  3. A luxury sedan/saloon car, especially one with a lengthened wheelbase or driven by a chauffeur.

Synonyms

Translations

An automobile body with seats and permanent top like a coupe, and with the top projecting over the driver and a projecting front
An automobile with such a body
A luxury sedan/saloon car
  • Finnish: limusiini
  • Japanese: リムジン

French

Etymology

From the name of the French région Limousin.

Noun

limousine
  1. female inhabitant of French region Limousin
  2. limousin, a breed of beef cattle which originates of the same région, well-known for their golden-red colouring.
  3. limousine, a very long car.
  4. A kind of country coat made of sheep or goat hair.

Extensive Definition

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 until the mid-1990s were most often associated with the wealthy. They are also used for special occasions such as weddings, parties and sight-seeing tours.
While some limousines are owned by individuals, many are owned by governments to transport senior politicians, by large companies to transport executives, or by broadcasters to transport guests. Most limousines, however, operate as livery vehicles, providing upmarket competition to taxicabs.
The word limousine is derived from the name of the French region Limousin, and is associated with the long cloaks once worn by the shepherds there.

Limousine types

A limousine typically has a divider separating the driver from the rear passenger compartment.

References

limousine in Czech: Limuzína
limousine in Danish: Limousine
limousine in German: Stretch-Limousine
limousine in French: Limousine (voiture)
limousine in Korean: 리무진
limousine in Italian: Limousine
limousine in Hebrew: לימוזינה
limousine in Lithuanian: Limuzinas
limousine in Hungarian: Limuzin
limousine in Dutch: Limousine
limousine in Japanese: リムジン
limousine in Norwegian: Limousin (bil)
limousine in Polish: Limuzyna
limousine in Russian: Лимузин
limousine in Finnish: Limusiini
limousine in Swedish: Limousin (fordon)
limousine in Thai: ลีมูซีน
limousine in Chinese: 加长轿车
limousine in Turkish: Limuzin
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