car

noun
\ 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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Video from the protest shows massive banners and crowd chanting Thomas’s name as cars honked their horns while driving by. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Arizona Students Marched for Classmate Thomas Torres-Maytorena, Who's Facing Deportation Court on Graduation Day," 7 May 2019 Instead the program negotiates deals and discounts with local dealerships to eliminate the haggle harassment of car-buying. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Did You Know You Can Buy a Car At Costco?," 6 May 2019 Washington’s liquefied natural-gas push comes as the EU seeks to preserve a trade truce with President Trump and avoid potential U.S. tariffs on cars. Emre Peker, WSJ, "U.S. Boosts Natural-Gas Exports to EU, Aiming to Dent Russian Sales," 2 May 2019 The Future Will Be Pedestrianized Prize The war on cars (also the name of an excellent new podcast) comes home as fires burn, sea levels rise, and the planet warms. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 The other projects focused on cars, and Miller argued that its safety procedures were extremely inadequate. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Uber manager in March: “We shouldn’t be hitting things every 15,000 miles”," 11 Dec. 2018 The sport-utility vehicle again took center stage at the New York International Auto Show this month with car companies showing off new models of all shapes, sizes and price points. Mike Colias, WSJ, "SUVs Shine at New York Auto Show," 20 Apr. 2019 Eventually, Bionca tired of booking flights, cars and places to stay. Kristin Hanes, Good Housekeeping, "Why This Single Mom Sold Everything to Give Her Son an Epic Education on the Road," 18 Apr. 2019 Elisabeth Moss was recently standing on a corner in New York City when some people drove by and heckled her out of their car window. Alina Cho, Marie Claire, "Women of the Hour: Thandie Newton, Elisabeth Moss, and Sandra Oh," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of car

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for car

Noun

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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car

noun

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

car

noun
\ 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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