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ˈkär How to pronounce car (audio)
 dialectal also  ˈkȯr,
: a vehicle moving on wheels: such as
archaic : carriage, chariot
: a vehicle designed to move on rails (as of a railroad)
The train has 20 cars.
: automobile
traveled to Boston by car
: the passenger compartment of an elevator
: the part of an airship or balloon that carries the passengers and cargo


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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.
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Word History



Middle English carre "cart, wagon, small cartload," borrowed from Anglo-French carre, charre, going back to Late Latin carra, plural of carrum "vehicle, cart," going back to Latin, 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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a vehicle (as an automobile or part of a passenger train) moving on wheels
: the passenger compartment of an elevator
: the part of a balloon or an airship that carries the passengers and equipment

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