Definition of taxi noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    taxi

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtæksi//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæksi//
     
    Types of vehicle
     
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  1. 1  (also cab, taxicab) a car with a driver that you pay to take you somewhere. Taxis usually have meters which show how much money you have to pay. a taxi driver/ride We'd better take a taxi. I came home by taxi. to order/hail/call a taxi See related entries: Types of vehicle
  2. 2in some places in Africa, a small bus with a driver that you pay to take you somewhere. Taxis usually have fixed routes and stop wherever passengers need to get on or off. see also dala-dala, matatu
  3. Word Origin early 20th cent.: abbreviation of taxi-cab or taximeter cab, from French taximètre, from taxe ‘tariff’, from the verb taxer ‘to tax’ + -mètre ‘(instrument) measuring’. Extra examplesI prefer to travel by taxi. I took a taxi back home. I’ll get my secretary to call you a taxi. We caught a taxi to the airport. We had some difficulty finding a taxi. We hired a taxi for the day and went all over the island. a five-minute trip by taxi a water taxi heading for Venice
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