Phaeton



[fey-i-tn or, esp. British, feyt-n] /ˈfeɪ ɪ tn or, esp. British, ˈfeɪt n/

noun
1.
any of various light, four-wheeled carriages, with or without a top, having one or two seats facing forward, used in the 19th century.
2.
a vintage automobile of the touring-car type.
/ˈfeɪtən/
noun
1.
a light four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with or without a top, usually having two seats
n.

type of light four-wheeled carriage, 1742, from French (1735), from Greek Phaethon name of the son of Helios and Clymene, who tried to drive his father’s sun-chariot but crashed after almost setting fire to the whole earth. His name is literally “shining,” from phaein “to shine, gleam,” from phaos “light” (see fantasy). Earlier as a name for a reckless driver (1590s).

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