\ 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 Phoenix police responded to the burning car about 11 p.m. in the area of 20th Avenue and Monona Drive. Brooke Newman, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix police suspect foul play in Julie Concialdi's missing-person investigation," 12 Sep. 2020 In addition to the car, the 17-year-old’s wallet, containing $200 in cash and a debit card, was reported stolen, police said. Jennifer Johnson,, "Teens carjacked at gunpoint in Morton Grove driveway, police say," 11 Sep. 2020 The oil slick is actually water, and the tire slashers come in a presentation case and can't be fitted to the car, due to a corporate desire not to abet actual murder. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation: Fake Guns, But a Real DB5," 11 Sep. 2020 Starting from the moment Ramona got out of her car in that clear Hannibal Lecter mask she's been sporting on Instagram, this became the definitive Reunion in the Time of Corona. Jodi Walker,, "The Real Housewives of New York City recap: The return of Tinsley and her unseen footage," 11 Sep. 2020 The pilot program, launched by Curative Inc. and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is a walk-up stand meant to accommodate those who don’t have access to a car. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "Walk-up COVID-19 testing kiosk launches at Union Station," 10 Sep. 2020 Three people walked up to the car and opened fire, according to police and court records. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Slain Cleveland police officer’s funeral changed to Rocket Mortgage Field House," 9 Sep. 2020 What followed was a trip to my doctor’s office for a medically necessary, unmedicated dilation and curettage procedure to remove any tissue remaining in my uterus, and a wheelchair carting me back to the car. Jessica Zucker, Condé Nast Traveler, "Taking Our Babymoon Helped Us Grieve After a Miscarriage," 9 Sep. 2020 The deputy hurries back to the car, trying to nudge the goat from the front seat while fighting for papers in its mouth. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "This goat wasn't kidding around: Georgia farm animal jumps into cop car, chews papers, spills a drink, then head-butts deputy," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce CAR (audio)

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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