car

noun \ ˈkär , dialectal also ˈkȯr , ˈkyär \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of car

1 : a vehicle moving on wheels: such as
a archaic : carriage, chariot
b : a vehicle designed to move on rails (as of a railroad)
  • The train has 20 cars.
c : automobile
  • traveled to Boston by car
2 : the passenger compartment of an elevator
3 : the part of an airship or balloon that carries the passengers and cargo

Examples of car in a Sentence

  1. I'll wait in the car.

  2. He got into the car and drove away.

  3. She bought a new car.

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Origin and Etymology of car

Middle English carre, from Anglo-French, from Latin carra, plural of carrum, alteration of carrus, of Celt origin; akin to Old Irish & Middle Welsh carr vehicle; akin to Latin currere to run

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CAR

abbreviation

Definition of CAR

civil air regulations

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CAR Defined for English Language Learners

car

Definition of car for English Language Learners

  • : a vehicle that has four wheels and an engine and that is used for carrying passengers on roads

  • : a separate section of a train


CAR Defined for Kids

car

noun \ ˈkär \

Definition of car for Students

1 : a vehicle that moves on wheels
2 : a separate section of a train
3 : the part of an elevator that holds passengers


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