\ˈkär, 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

Then-French Prime Minister François Fillon decreed in 2011 that women were banned from wearing face veils outside of the home except in mosques or as car passengers. Jesse J. Holland And Russell Contreras,, "Trump draws fierce criticism for saying immigration is 'changing the culture' of Europe for worse," 14 July 2018 Officers responded to a report of a car crash near Fresh Brook Lane at 5:03 a.m., according to a statement from Wellfleet police. Lucas Phillips,, "Head-on collision on Route 6 in Wellfleet leaves two hospitalized," 14 July 2018 Town Manager Peter Souza plans to hire an independent investigator to look into a complaint stemming from a car crash involving a former school board member and allegations that the dash cam video from the responding police cruiser was altered. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Town Manager Calls for Independent Investigation into Allegations of Dash Cam Tampering," 13 July 2018 Williams assaulted the woman at Daewon America car parts plant in LaGrange and forced her to leave at knifepoint, police told WTVM-TV in Columbus. Steve Burns, ajc, "Man accused of kidnapping woman from Georgia car parts plant, raping her," 13 July 2018 The type of disruption the staid car business needs is woven through Tesla’s DNA. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla’s Musk Needs to Find His Mary Barra," 13 July 2018 There was a great deal of interest to see what does an open-wheeled car race look like in New York City? Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 things to know about Formula E's championship race in New York," 13 July 2018 Deputies responded to a call at the intersection of State Road 7 and Victoria Grove Boulevard at 3 a.m. June 27 regarding a man in the middle of the road attempting to open the car doors of at least one driver. Austen Erblat,, "Wellington, Royal Palm Beach area crime log: June 15-30," 13 July 2018 The boxes, which were painted by the city starting last year, allow bikes to get ahead of car traffic at stoplights. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Will Kansas City ever be bike-friendly? The city is about to roll out a plan," 13 July 2018

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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

: a separate section of a train


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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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