\ 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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Hobbs & Shaw is calling back to more than just the previous movies in the Fast & Furious franchise, considering the spin-off pretty directly references a different car-heavy action film from star Jason Statham’s past. Very, very mild spoilers below. Derek Lawrence,, "Is Hobbs & Shaw connected to another Jason Statham movie?," 4 Aug. 2019 When that moment comes, most people won't be concerned with mortgages or car payments. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "At this rate, the rich could truly have it all just 33 years from now," 4 Aug. 2019 Ride on: Break-dancing performances are a common scene on BART trains these days, with young men dancing to boom box beats and performing gymnastic tricks inside the moving BART car, then passing the cup for tips. Phil Matier,, "All that noise coming from Washington turning Calif. voters numb," 4 Aug. 2019 President Donald Trump has threatened tariffs on cars made in the European Union, which would slam a German economy (No. Charles Riley And Seth Fiegerman, CNN, "Global trade fights will keep markets on edge," 4 Aug. 2019 How does an electric car without a driver top off its charge tank? Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Hand-Crafted Bentleys, a Climate Bill, and More Car News This Week," 4 Aug. 2019 Some systems offer flower names for women and car names, like Cadillac or Mustang, for men. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "“All Three Spoke Spanish. All Three Were Americans”: A Pediatrician Describes Treating El Paso’s Victims," 4 Aug. 2019 Police were investigating a shooting early Saturday that killed a car passenger in northeast Houston and sent the driver to the hospital in stable condition, officials said. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "Shooting kills driver, injures passenger in northeast Houston drive-by," 3 Aug. 2019 Dunson was previously convicted of unlawful use of a firearm in 2017 after shooting up her boyfriend’s car following an argument, according to court documents. Diana Kruzman | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Portland woman allegedly beat police officer with his own baton," 3 Aug. 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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