box·​car | \ ˈbäks-ˌkär How to pronounce boxcar (audio) \

Definition of boxcar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a roofed freight car usually with sliding doors in the sides



Definition of boxcar (Entry 2 of 2)

: very large the judge awarded her a boxcar figure

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Examples of boxcar in a Sentence


a boxcar pile of paper

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Jumbo died after he was hit by a train in Ontario, Canada, as he was led back to his boxcar after a performance in 1885. Fox News, "Rare 19th century poster depicting real-life 'Dumbo' could be worth big bucks," 2 July 2019 In fact, the once-largest dune, the Hoosier Slide, was carried off in boxcars as early as 1916. Jacqueline Kehoe, National Geographic, "See soaring sand dunes in America’s newest national park," 15 Feb. 2019 For ice pick, rolling, and boxcar scars, Gross says to seek a collagen-boosting treatment, like the in-office laser Smooth Beam. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid of Acne Scars—Forever," 21 Jan. 2019 Gross says there are four different types of acne scars one can get: ice pick, rolling, boxcar and hypertrophic. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid of Acne Scars—Forever," 21 Jan. 2019 Prix-fixe Mexican gastronomy, served in a boxcar, at Mixtli. Mike Sutter, WSJ, "The Best Under-the-Radar Food Destination in the U.S.," 19 Oct. 2018 The other shipped out in boxcars along the rail line in an aborted British attempt to capture Vologda, a transportation hub about 460 miles south of Archangel. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 Blasts of reds from rhododendron bushes the size of railroad boxcars will stop you frequently, begging a closer look. Michael J. Bailey,, "Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain," 9 May 2018 Since the days of the Transcontinental Railroad, boxcars have shuttled all manner of goods. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "America’s Boxcar Pool Has a Leak in CSX," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of boxcar


1851, in the meaning defined above


1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boxcar


from the high numbers stenciled on the sides of boxcars

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English Language Learners Definition of boxcar

US : a section of a train that has a roof and large, sliding doors and that carries goods and supplies rather than people


box·​car | \ ˈbäks-ˌkär How to pronounce boxcar (audio) \

Kids Definition of boxcar

: a roofed freight car usually having sliding doors in the sides

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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