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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ At the door he saw out of the corner of his eye the black limousine was still there.
▪ The black limousine pulls in front of the house and waits for him.
▪ But by then, Nicolo was hurrying her down the steps, out of the building, and into a black Mercedes limousine.
▪ He was also very big for ribbon cutting and waving to people who recognized him in his black limousine.
▪ The long black limousine drove them through the wintry city.
▪ The already prevalent black government limousines appear more on the streets of the capital.
▪ To her right, four houses down the street, a black limousine was parked.
▪ By the time Bodie reached the dusk-lit Embassy in Kensington, the limousine had arrived at its front steps.
▪ He moves from hotel to hall in sleek limousines.
▪ He would be picked up by a limousine in the morning.
▪ In New York, he often has used a car and driver provided by a limousine service.
▪ In the rear seat of the limousine Galvone was fiddling with his listening apparatus.
▪ Other than the dark, waxed limousine, the space was devoid of furniture.
▪ Ride up and down in a chauffeur-driven limousine, smoking big cigars.
▪ Ten minutes later Lou Collins was back in his Company limousine, heading towards London.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Limousine \Li`mou*sine"\, n. [Cf. F. limousine a kind of cloak, fr. Limousin, an old province in central France.] an elongated, luxurious automobile, designed to be driven by a chauffeur and often having a glass partition between the driver's seat and the passengers' compartment behind.

Note: When intended for use in transporting businessmen, the limousine may be equipped with a telephone and other conveniences to permit work during travel. Limousines are often rented for travel to and from airports, and as a luxurious perquisite on special occasions, as weddings or school prm nights. Originally (1913) the term referred to an automobile body with seats and permanent top like a coup['e], and with the top projecting over the driver and a projecting front, or an automobile with such a body.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1902, "enclosed automobile with open driver's seat," from French limousine, from Limousin, region in central France, originally an adjective referring to its chief city, Limoges, from Latin Lemovices, name of a people who lived near there, perhaps named in reference to their elm spears or bows. The Latin adjective form of the name, Lemovicinus, is the source of French Limousin.\n

\nModern automobile meaning evolved from perceived similarity of the car's profile to a type of hood worn by the inhabitants of that province. Since 1930s, synonymous in American English with "luxury car;" applied from 1959 to vehicles that take people to and from large airports. Limousine liberal first attested 1969.


n. 1 An automobile body with seats and permanent top like a coupe, and with the top projecting over the driver and a projecting front. 2 An automobile with such a body. 3 A luxury sedan/saloon car, especially one with a lengthened wheelbase or driven by a chauffeur. 4 An automobile for transportation to or from an airport, including sedans, vans, and buses.


n. large luxurious car; usually driven by a chauffeur [syn: limo]


A limousine (or limo) is a luxury sedan or saloon car generally driven by a chauffeur and with a partition between the driver and the passenger compartment. Limousines often have a lengthened wheelbase. Although usually associated with luxury vehicles, the word "Limousine" is also simply a generic term in some countries for a standard sedan bodystyle.

It was originally an enclosed automobile with open driver's seat. It is named after a type of cloak and hood that was worn by the inhabitants of the Limousin region that later resembled the covering of a carriage and much later used to describe an automobile body with a permanent top that extended over the open driver's compartment.

In modern use, a limousine is a luxury sedan or saloon car, especially one with a lengthened wheelbase or driven by a chauffeur. The chassis of a limousine may have been extended by the manufacturer or by an independent coachbuilder. These are called "stretch" limousines and are traditionally black or white. Limousines are usually liveried vehicles, driven by professional chauffeurs. As the most expensive form of automobile ground transportation, limousines are culturally associated with wealth or power and are commonly cited as examples of conspicuous consumption. Among the less wealthy, limousines are often hired during special events (most commonly weddings, proms, and bachelor parties).

While some limousines are owned by individuals, many are owned by governments to transport senior politicians, by companies to transport executives and guests. Most stretch limousines, however, operate as livery vehicles, providing upmarket competition to taxicabs. Builders of stretch limousines purchase stock cars from manufacturers and modify them, and most are in the United States and Europe and cater mainly to limousine companies. Few stretch limousines are sold new to private individuals. In addition to luxuries, security features such as armoring and bulletproof glass are available.

In 2012, the limousine market size was over $4 billion in the United States. There were more than 4,000 limousine companies employing 42,000 employees.

Usage examples of "limousine".

Leland Clewes and Israel Edel, the night clerk at the Arapahoe, already sitting in the back of the limousine, with a space between them for me?

Then he left, in a good deal of astrachan collar and nickel-plated limousine, and the place felt less crowded.

The last thing she heard was her father ordering Atlee to call Pelwin and have the chauffeur bring the new limousine.

When you are ready, Atlee will call Pelwin and he will bring the limousine from the garage, to take you to the Long Island dock.

Castilian descent, who had driven to the ceremony in shiny American limousines, to stocky brown Aymaran Indians from far back in the Andes mountains, who probably had come to town driving a string of llamas.

Without bothering to protest, Baraka rose and dressed, then followed Nuihc wordlessly out of the palace to the back, where they entered a limousine.

THE girl must have left the limousine before it reached Belgravia, probably giving Fleetland the excuse that she intended to do some shopping before the stores closed.

So Van slithered around Washington in a bombproof stretch limousine with smoked windows, a vehicle often used by the Secretary of State.

Leonard Colo in the rear seat of the speeding limousine, he felt only all-encompassing weariness.

Admiral Dardan asked from his place beside Drake in the back seat of the limousine.

I was at the point where I could almost tolerate Mafia dons and their peers in black limousines, but hit men, gun molls, and other riffraff were another matter.

As their limousine pulled into line to await its turn, Kit imagined the scene at the start of the Mauve Decade when the Jerome had been modern and new, when its Eastlake decor had been the height of fashion, when its elevator, its electric lights, its hot and cold running water, its indoor plumbing, and its French chef were the talk of the town.

But the discovery of the body of Professor Jukes, deserted in his limousine just beyond the city limits, created the greatest surprise.

They hired a white Cadillac limousine at McCarran International Airport, and told the driver - a breezy, tuxedoed Louisianian named Ruby - their intentions.

When Charley Winchester spotted the Gulfstream coming in over the low hills, coming down from the north, he and John Tinker Meadows got out of the cool limousine and strolled over to where the plane would stop, in front of the hangar.