brougham

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Etymology[edit]

Named from Henry Peter, Lord Brougham (1778–1868), who either invented or popularized the vehicle.

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Noun[edit]

brougham (plural broughams)

  1. A four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage, designed in 1839. It had an open seat for the driver in front of the closed cabin for two or four passengers.
    • 1891, Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’, Norton 2005, p.12:
      “Yes,” he continued, glancing out of the window. “A nice little brougham and a pair of beauties.”
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, The Younger Set, chapterI:
      It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau; young men of his own type, silk-hatted, frock-coated, the crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.
  2. An automobile, a sedan without a roof over the driver's seat.