\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The incident happened in a Citgo parking lot, where the victim exchanged gunfire with at least one individual in a car, Fox 32 reported. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 16 May 2022 Police said impairment also is being investigated as a factor in the wreck that left 24-year-old Timaya Smith, a front seat passenger in the car, dead at the scene. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 16 May 2022 Fuches, Barry’s sole actual target, manages to escape in a car. Pete Keeley, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2022 While sitting in the car, Haliburton continued to smile from ear to ear even without the engine running. Rob Peeters, The Indianapolis Star, 14 May 2022 The impaired woman’s 11-year-old daughter was with her in the car when the crash occurred. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 14 May 2022 In October 2019, a woman filed a formal complaint alleging that Lamas touched her knee and moved his hand up her thigh in a car while talking to her about job prospects, the records show. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 For the second time in one week, Marina had to wait more than three hours in the car with her newborn baby to buy gas. Lauren Egan, NBC News, 13 May 2022 Police believe the child was not properly restrained in the car before the crash. Elaine Aradillas,, 12 May 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ 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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