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A small hackney carriage.

[French, after the Hôtel de Saint Fiacre in Paris.]


(Automotive Engineering) a small four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage, usually with a folding roof
[C17: named after the Hotel de St Fiacre, Paris, where these vehicles were first hired out]


(Fr. ˈfya krə)

n., pl. fi•a•cres (Fr. ˈfya krə)
a small horse-drawn carriage.
[1690–1700; < French; after the Hotel de St. Fiacre]
References in classic literature ?
Most of the goods were sent on drays to the magazin, but our reputation having preceded us, we were honored with a fiacre, making the journey between the Douane and the shop on the knee of a confidential commissionaire.
{Picardie = province of France, north of Evreux; barrieres = gates at the edge of Paris, where local customs duties were collected; magazin = shop; fiacre = a kind of carriage; Douane = customs house; confidential commissionaire = special messenger}
The fiacre stopped at the door of a celebrated perfumer, and the commissionaire, deeming us of too much value to be left on a carriage seat, took us in her hand while she negotiated a small affair with its mistress.
Finally, one day, an old fiacre stopped in front of the door and a nun stepped out.
At the last minute, Virginia had a fit of sobbing; she embraced her mother again and again, while the latter kissed her on the forehead, and said: "Now, be brave, be brave!" The step was pulled up and the fiacre rumbled off.
"That implacable brute Allegre followed them down ceremoniously and put my mother into the fiacre at the door with the greatest deference.
Allegre was riding nearest to the path on which Blunt was dutifully giving his arm to his mother (they had got out of their fiacre) and wondering if that confounded fellow would have the impudence to take off his hat.
Having alighted from the diligence, a fiacre conveyed me to the Hotel de , where I had been advised by a fellow-traveller to put up; having eaten a traveller's supper, I retired to bed, and slept a traveller's sleep.
A late tramcar overtook us; a row of fiacres stood by the railing of the gardens.
Barely three minutes into the match Oscar Wamalwa gave Kenya the lead with a 30-yard thunderous strike that left Rwanda custodian Ntwari Fiacre helpless as the Kenyan soldier marked a dream start.
Saint Fiacre, patron saint of Ireland for gardening, was cited as the first who tended a garden around a chapel of Our Lady in a famous hospice for the sick and the infirm in France during the seventh century.
Also close to recapturing the lead was Harris, who saw his goalbound shot on the edge of the box deflect behind after Fiacre Kelleher's vital headed clearance.