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1. A light, four-wheeled open carriage, usually drawn by a pair of horses.
2. A touring car.

[French phaéton, from Phaeton, Phaethon, from Old French, from Latin Phaethōn; see Phaëthon.]


a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with or without a top, usually having two seats
[C18: from Phaëthon]


(ˈfeɪ ɪ tn; esp. Brit. ˈfeɪt n)

1. a light, four-wheeled carriage used in the 19th century.
2. a vintage automobile of the touring-car type.
[1585–95; < Latin Phaetōn, variant of Phaethōn Phaëthon]


A light four-wheeled carriage. Both sides of the carriage were open in front of the seats.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Phaeton - large open car seating four with folding topphaeton - large open car seating four with folding top
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
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They rode in a comfortable old phaeton drawn by the white horse.
I went out in the phaeton one day with one of them; he had a lady and two children behind.
Of course I said I would do him the favour; and he was to drive me down in his phaeton, and to bring me back.
The captain understood my raillery very well, and merrily replied with the old English proverb, "that he doubted mine eyes were bigger than my belly, for he did not observe my stomach so good, although I had fasted all day;" and, continuing in his mirth, protested "he would have gladly given a hundred pounds, to have seen my closet in the eagle's bill, and afterwards in its fall from so great a height into the sea; which would certainly have been a most astonishing object, worthy to have the description of it transmitted to future ages:" and the comparison of Phaeton was so obvious, that he could not forbear applying it, although I did not much admire the conceit.
The stationmaster had already gone off to his garden, which was half a mile away in a hollow of the moor; a porter, who was just leaving, took charge of the phaeton, and promised to return it before night to Naseby House; only a deaf, snuffy, and stern old man remained to play propriety for Dick and Esther.
If you mean to buy any horses, get them of Devedeux, and if you purchase a phaeton, go to Baptiste for it.
But she is perfectly amiable, and often condescends to drive by my humble abode in her little phaeton and ponies.
He called here yesterday in his phaeton, and insisted on my riding a few short miles in his company: I assented, for I knew it was to talk of my friend.
What an ample subject for reflection on the uncertain Enjoyments of this World, would not that Phaeton and the Life of Cardinal Wolsey afford a thinking Mind
Once I had to use actual force to prevent him from buying a phaeton at a price of seven hundred francs, after a vehicle had caught his fancy in the Palais Royal as seeming to be a desirable present for Blanche.
While he said this in tones of the greatest indignation, he handed us into the little phaeton with the utmost gentleness and was all smiles and pleasure.
Not they indeed," cried Thorpe; "for, as we turned into Broad Street, I saw them -- does he not drive a phaeton with bright chestnuts?