\ 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


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

Some hip-hop artists celebrate lifestyles revolving around fashion, flashy cars and flashier jewelry. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Going Beyond Music, Nipsey Hussle Promoted Job Skills and Investments," 5 Apr. 2019 Modern Kevlar, introduced in 1971, is now used in more than 200 products, from fire fighter boots, parachute lines, and airplanes to bridge reinforcements, hurricane safe rooms, armored cars, and bullet-proof vests. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It," 31 Mar. 2019 In car somewhat drunk but also the lack of skill on both our parts to get going properly or communicate. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "13 Virginity Horror Stories That Are Super Cringy," 22 Mar. 2019 It can be transported in a small car and stored in your home or garage with no problem. Madison Flager, House Beautiful, "This Inflatable Sailboat Fits In The Trunk Of Your Car," 30 Oct. 2018 Located in the tiny enclave of Oakville, the roughly 3-acre property is surrounded by vineyards and includes a 5,537-square-foot main home as well as a guest cottage and a three-car garage designed to look like a barn. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Napa Valley’s Priciest Property: A $22.5 Million Compound," 28 Mar. 2019 And Joe got us an amazing fridge that looks like a car to put it all in. Abby Gardner, Allure, "Priyanka Chopra Details Sexting With Nick Jonas When They’re Apart," 22 Mar. 2019 Previous SlideNext Slide The world of ultra-high-performance cars is an odd one. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "12 cylinders, 11,000rpm: Aston Martin’s new engine is a monster," 12 Dec. 2018 The person would drive up to me in the car to ask, and hopefully my friends are also there. Alanna Greco, Seventeen, "These Celebs Have the *Best* Promposal Ideas," 12 Mar. 2019

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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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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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