- phaeton or phaëton [fā′ə tən, fāt′'n]n.[Fr phaéton < L Phaethon: see PHAËTHON]1. a light, four-wheeled carriage of the 19th cent. drawn by one or two horses, with front and back seats and, usually, a folding top for the front☆ 2. an early type of gasoline automobile somewhat resembling such a carriage; also, later, a touring car
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