Word of the Day – Fiacre

By October 4, 2017Word of the Day

Fiacre (noun) (historical)


A small four-wheeled carriage for public hire.

Late 17th century: from French, named after the Hôtel de St Fiacre in Paris, where such vehicles were first hired out.

Example sentences

“We took a fiacre down to the Seine where he proposed!”

Word of the Day – Oligopsony

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Oligopsony (noun)


A state of the market in which only a small number of buyers exists for a product.

1940s: from oligo- ‘small number’ + Greek opsōnein ‘buy provisions’, on the pattern of monopsony.

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