Cabriolet (carriage)
A cabriolet is a light horse-drawn vehicle
Horse-drawn vehicle
A horse-drawn vehicle is a mechanized piece of equipment pulled by one horse or by a team of horses. These vehicles typically had two or four wheels and were used to carry passengers and/or a load...

, with two wheels and a single horse
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. The carriage
A carriage is a wheeled vehicle for people, usually horse-drawn; litters and sedan chairs are excluded, since they are wheelless vehicles. The carriage is especially designed for private passenger use and for comfort or elegance, though some are also used to transport goods. It may be light,...

 has a folding hood that can cover its two occupants, one of whom is the driver. It has a large rigid apron, gracefully upward-curving shafts, and usually a rear platform between the C springs for a groom. The design was developed in France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

 in the early nineteenth century and quickly replaced the heavier hackney carriage
Hackney carriage
A hackney or hackney carriage is a carriage or automobile for hire...

 as the vehicle for hire
Vehicle for hire
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 of choice in Paris
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 and London
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The cab of taxi
A taxicab, also taxi or cab, is a type of vehicle for hire with a driver, used by a single passenger or small group of passengers, often for a non-shared ride. A taxicab conveys passengers between locations of their choice...

The word cab has a number of meanings, most of which are abbreviations:In transport:* Cabriolet, a horse-drawn carriage* Taxicab* Cabin * Cab , the driving compartment of a locomotive...

 or "hansom cab
Hansom cab
The hansom cab is a kind of horse-drawn cart designed and patented in 1834 by Joseph Hansom, an architect from York. The vehicle was developed and tested by Hansom in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England. Originally called the Hansom safety cab, it was designed to combine speed with safety, with a low...

" is a shortening of cabriolet.

Other horse-drawn cabs include:
  • Araba
    Araba (carriage)
    An araba is a carriage , wagon or cart drawn by horses or oxen, used in Turkey and neighboring Middle Eastern countries. It is usually heavy and without springs, and often covered.-References:* Educational Technology Clearinghouse, University of South Florida. Drawing.**...

    or aroba: used in Turkey
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     and neighboring countries
  • Araña: Mexican, two-wheeled
  • Bounder: four-wheeled
  • Gharry
    A gharry or gharri is a horse-drawn cab used especially in India. A palkee gharry is shaped somewhat like a palanquin. A gharry driver is a gharry-wallah....

    or gharri: used especially in India
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  • Kalesa
    A kalesa or calesa is a horse drawn calash used in the Philippines. The word, also spelled calesa, predates the...

    or calesa (sometimes called a karitela): used in the Philippines
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  • Minibus: light carriage, usually with a rear door and seats for four passengers; formerly used as a cab
  • Two-wheeler: two-wheeled cab or hansom

One who drives a horse-drawn cab for hire is a cabdriver or jehu. A cab horse or cabber draws a cab.
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