hackney

Use the word hackney to mean either an old-fashioned type of horse-drawn carriage, the type of horse used to pull such carriages, or a taxi cab. If you enjoy carriage rides through the park, you'll want to hire a hackney.

The original Hackney is a British place name, an area that's now part of South London but was once rural land covered with horse pastures. The small horse known as a hackney was named after the location, and so were the carriages-for-hire such horses pulled. As automobiles replaced horses, motorized taxis borrowed the name hackney, or sometimes hackney carriage, both of which are still used today in the U.K.

Definitions of hackney
  1. noun
    a carriage for hire
    synonyms: hackney carriage, hackney coach
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    types:
    four-wheeler
    a hackney carriage with four wheels
    remise
    an expensive or high-class hackney
    type of:
    carriage, equipage, rig
    a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses
  2. noun
    a compact breed of harness horse
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    type of:
    harness horse
    horse used for pulling vehicles
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