car

noun
\ ˈkär , dialectal also ˈkȯr, ˈkyär\

Definition of car

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of CAR (Entry 2 of 2)

civil air regulations

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of car in a Sentence

Noun

I'll wait in the car. He got into the car and drove away. She bought a new car.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Just four months after its trading debut in New York, the luxury electric-car maker is tapping the capital markets again, raising up to $750 million through a convertible bond... Jacky Wong, WSJ, "China’s Tesla Is Burning Through More Cash Than Rubber," 30 Jan. 2019 Remember that at the dawn of the 2010s, the paradigm for an electric car would've been the original Nissan Leaf—a little dumpy, decidedly unsexy, styled to signal the driver's eco-consciousness above all else. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Here Come the Electric Pickup Trucks," 17 Jan. 2019 A few days later, he was spotted reportedly crying in a car with wife Hailey Baldwin. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Breaks Her Silence To Thank Fans on Instagram After Year Of "Challenges"," 14 Jan. 2019 Having just celebrated Mother’s Day as a family, Daisy and her three younger siblings were in the car with their parents. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Why Doesn't Criminal Justice Reform Doesn't Include Immigration Law?," 9 Jan. 2019 However, as the newlyweds were only seen in the car arriving at Buckingham Palace, their Christmas Day appearance is more more special. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank Stepped Out for Their First Christmas as a Married Couple," 30 Dec. 2018 The first floor features a large, four-car industrial level workshop—with electric vehicle charging—while the upper floors house the living spaces. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best shipping container houses of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Either way, this is going to be one happy race-car-driving, dress-sketching baby! Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham Are Expecting Their First Child," 14 Nov. 2018 Getting Around Ask your hotel to arrange transfers (car and boat) from the airport to Atins and back again. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'car.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of car

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for car

Noun

Middle English carre "cart, wagon, small cartload," borrowed from Anglo-French carre, charre, going back to Latin carra, plural of carrum, neuter variant of carrus "a kind of Gaulish wagon," borrowed from the Gaulish outcome of Celtic *kr̥s-o-, whence also Old Irish carr "cart, wagon," Welsh car "vehicle" — more at current entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about car

Dictionary Entries near car

capy

capybara

Caquetío

car

CAR

cará

Cara

Statistics for car

Last Updated

6 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for car

The first known use of car was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for car

car

noun

English Language Learners Definition of car

: a vehicle that has four wheels and an engine and that is used for carrying passengers on roads
US : a separate section of a train

car

noun
\ ˈkär \

Kids Definition of car

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on car

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with car

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for car

Spanish Central: Translation of car

Nglish: Translation of car for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of car for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about car

Comments on car

What made you want to look up car? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

irregularly rounded

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!