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 Jim Sheridan was unemployed and rode railroad boxcars to get around during the Depression. John Blake, CNN, "What Americans who beat the Great Depression can teach us today," 7 May 2020 He was schooled in the Brooks Scanlon logging camp, in a railroad boxcar with holes cut in the side. oregonlive, "Les Schwab’s sale shakes up an Oregon institution," 6 Feb. 2020 The event, hosted at the Eighth Street brewery in Tempe, will feature beer can boxcars made by locals and brewers. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Calling all beer lovers: Here are 10 can't-miss events during Arizona Craft Beer Week," 6 Feb. 2020 Born in Bend in 1917, Les Schwab went to school in a boxcar cut with holes at the Brooks Scanlon logging camp. oregonlive, "Les Schwab’s sale shakes up an Oregon institution," 6 Feb. 2020 In sealed boxcars, Wobblies from around the country were brought to Chicago’s Cook County Jail. Adam Hochschild, The New Yorker, "When America Tried to Deport Its Radicals," 4 Nov. 2019 Lebsack admitted to defecating on a portion of the train connecting a locomotive and boxcar during a Nov. 20, 2016 stop. Fox News, "Judge orders Union Pacific to rehire engineer who defecated on train," 23 Nov. 2019 Then, Sears would ship the homes from Chicago via boxcar, offering a new path to property ownership for low- and middle-class families. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "KT Tunstall sells her mail-order Craftsman home in Venice for $2.5 million," 9 Oct. 2019 The first stage of the boxcar-size plant separates CO2 from air and then feeds the CO2 to Sunfire's fuel cell. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Can the world make the chemicals it needs without oil?," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of boxcar was in 1851

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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Boxcar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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