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

Adjective a boxcar pile of paper
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Whitehead reimagines the Underground Railroad as a boxcar powered by a steam locomotive transporting slaves to free states though subterranean tunnels. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 Even after the boxcar was vandalized and burned, people kept coming. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2021 The boxcar in front of him might have a phalange that's worn down, so much that the wheels are catching. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, 23 Mar. 2021 Linda Maria’s first memory of the Easter service was around 1964, at the age of 9 or 10, when it was hosted inside a boxcar near Sunrise Rock. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2021 His father worked in a cannery, among other jobs, and for a year the family lived in a nearby railroad boxcar. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2020 After the Bataan Death March, Straka was packed into a boxcar and shipped to Camp O’Donnell, a former Filipino base seized by the Japanese. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, 7 Nov. 2020 At one point, the explosions occurred in one-minute intervals and threw flaming splinters from the boxcar more than 10 miles away due to the wind. Alana Minkler, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2020 Jim Sheridan was unemployed and rode railroad boxcars to get around during the Depression. John Blake, CNN, 7 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Marian portions rove from Montana to Manhattan to Scotland and Antarctica, and read like a carnival of early 20th century American history, packed with bootleggers, treacherous boxcar rides, and tragic shipwrecks. Vogue, 29 May 2021 Dann and his father installed boxcar paneling with tongue-and-groove joints that flex when the camper is moving. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Mar. 2021 The boxcar life has its charms, as fans of Ming’s Noodle Bar have discovered in its life at The Yard at Olmos Park. Mike Sutter,, 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of boxcar


1831, 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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“Boxcar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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