\ ˈkär How to pronounce car (audio) , 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An earlier version of this story said the woman's car was crashed into after another driver hit her. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, "Woman dies in Louisville car crash after traveling in wrong direction," 29 Mar. 2021 Graphic video posted to Twitter shows Anwar in a struggle with the suspects, who then speed off and crash and flip the car with him hanging onto the side. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Two teenage girls charged with murder after alleged carjacking, assault of UberEats driver in DC," 29 Mar. 2021 Showtimes are 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $40 per car. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "15 of the best spring art events in metro Phoenix this April include music, dance, crafts," 29 Mar. 2021 Kruger's car was later found in high waters, said Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "4 dead after heavy rain in Nashville causes record flooding," 28 Mar. 2021 Police pursued the car at low speeds into Strongsville, where the man pulled into a bank parking lot and then the ATM lane. cleveland, "Police aid man in need, avert crisis: Olmsted Township Police Blotter," 28 Mar. 2021 Samantha Sandoval’s car was hit by the aircraft, which went down in 2017. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Three years after Roy plane crash, Utah passes law requiring pilot insurance," 28 Mar. 2021 Metropolitan Nashville Police said on Twitter that the body of a man whose car was submerged in a creek was recovered Sunday., "Record rains cause flash flooding in Tennessee; 4 dead," 28 Mar. 2021 The Portland Police Bureau tweeted that the car fell from the viaduct to a parking area near Northwest 16th Avenue and Overton Street. oregonlive, "Car plummets from I-405 ramp in NW Portland," 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of car


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for car


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

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

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1 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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


\ ˈkär How to pronounce car (audio) \

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

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