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 Even after the boxcar was vandalized and burned, people kept coming. Los Angeles Times, "For more than 80 years, the faithful have celebrated Easter in the Mojave Desert," 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, "Volunteers keep St. Paul's model train museum on track," 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, "For more than 80 years, the faithful have celebrated Easter in the Mojave Desert," 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, "Rafer Johnson, Winner of a Memorable Decathlon, Is Dead," 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, "From Brainerd to Bataan: At 101, veteran recalls the horrors," 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, "Train derailments: 5 notable Arizona incidents, including 1973 train carrying bombs," 29 July 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "A DIY Overhaul Transformed This $600 Vintage Camper into a Cozy Retro Hangout," 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,, "3 top San Antonio restaurants open new restaurants with style: Jardín, Ming’s and Southerleigh Haute South," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Boxcar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 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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