Where the Word “Taxi” Comes From

The name “taxi” is obviously shortened from “taxicab”, which is derived from the two words: “taximeter” and “cabriolet”.  The taximeter was invented in 1891 and is used to record distances and calculate the fare.  Cabriolet refers to a horse drawn carriage where the driver stands in the back of the carriage. The name “taximeter” itself is derived from the Mid-Latin “taxa”, meaning “tax or charge”.  The first documented use of the word “taxicab” was in March of 1907 in London.  Another phrase that derived from taximeter was a “taxi dancer”, which was a woman who sold her services at dance halls.


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  • Sorry but you are so wrong. The first transport by horse carriage from town to town was introduced by an earl of the name taxis. The word derives from that time, around 1750

    • The Greek word “taxis” can convey the idea of “sequence” or “order”, i.e. “I went from point A to point B, and on to point C”. Hence, it was properly applied to the “taxi” as a transport vehicle.

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