A "fiacre" is also a a hackney coach; that is, a horse-drawn four wheel carriage.
|"Le fiacre" by Edouard Manet|
The earliest use of the word in English is cited by the Oxford English Dictionaryas from 1699 ("Fiacres" or Hackneys, hung with Double Springs"). The name is derived indirectly from Saint Fiacre; theHotel de Saint Fiacre in Paris rented carriages from about the middle of the seventeenth century. Saint Fiacre was adopted as the cab drivers' patron saint because of the association of his name with the carriage.
Not surprisingly, St. Fiacre is the Patron Saint of Cabdrivers!
|Saint-Fiacre in Seine-et-Marne|