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box·​car ˈbäks-ˌkär How to pronounce boxcar (audio)
: a roofed freight car usually with sliding doors in the sides


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: very large
the judge awarded her a boxcar figure

Examples of boxcar in a Sentence

Adjective a boxcar pile of paper
Recent Examples on the Web
So many migrants are riding boxcars that Mexico’s largest rail operator, Ferromex, temporarily suspended service on 60 northbound trains last month. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 They were sealed in boxcars, seventy men in each without food or water, forced to eat snow, and transported to the Stalag IX-B prison camp at Bad Orb. Richard Hurowitz, Time, 19 Aug. 2023 As California historian Kevin Starr wrote, Culver used gimmicks and giveaways and stunts like kids’ boxcar races, raffles, parades, and, memorably, a polo game played from the running boards of Model Ts. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2023 In the video, viewers can see the drone weave between freight cars, come close to the open window of the lead locomotive, fly underneath a hopper car, fly inside a boxcar, and briefly land on top of what appears to be a boxcar roof. R.g. Edmonson, Discover Magazine, 22 Sep. 2017 Federal authorities have charged a suspect in the deaths of two Honduran migrants who were found Friday trapped with more than a dozen others in a train boxcar west of San Antonio. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Mar. 2023 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, 21 Dec. 2020 While these can be good for rolling and boxcar scars, ice pick scars may require a more intense peel, like TCA (trichloroacetic acid) cross therapy. Aryelle Siclait, Women's Health, 26 May 2023 Its components felt like unconnected boxcars on a track, colliding, never moving as one. Globe Staff,, 16 May 2023
As the Great Depression deepened in the early 1930s, an even more cruel twist was coming: White residents of Silvis complained that the Mexicans living in the rail yard didn’t have to pay property taxes on their boxcar homes. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 30 May 2022 The modernist gem — a pristine example of Neutra’s boxcar style — is a fitting home for Grey. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 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 See More

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Word History



from the high numbers stenciled on the sides of boxcars

First Known Use


1831, in the meaning defined above


1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boxcar was in 1831

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“Boxcar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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