car wash

noun

Definition of car wash 

1 : an area or structure equipped with facilities for washing automobiles

2 US : an event at which people pay to have their cars washed to raise money for some purpose

Examples of car wash in a Sentence

Our church is having a car wash tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Recent Examples on the Web

When Patty’s charity car wash goes awry, a group of drag queens and trans people come from the LGBTQ Center to save the day. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Insatiable" Isn't Actually About Fat People," 19 Aug. 2018 In particular, Lakota West students from various sports, along with teachers, coaches, administrators and parents, hosted a car wash. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Springer: #StratmanStrong, Harrison community show the power of teamwork in preps sports," 21 June 2018 Police said the shooting took place at a car wash in Melcroft at about 3 a.m. ET. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Four dead, gunman hospitalized in Pennsylvania car wash shooting," 28 Jan. 2018 The dealership is not associated with the car wash in any way. Naperville Sun, "Clarification," 12 June 2018 Chances for approval of the car wash at Highway 100 and Lapham Street are seen as good. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former AMF bowling center along Highway 100 in West Allis will likely reopen — as a car wash," 9 May 2018 The property even has its own gas service station and car wash—the RockTane Gas & Wash—for those taking a road trip to the casino. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Where should you travel in July? Here are some ideas.," 2 July 2018 Police are searching for a driver who fatally struck a 34-year-old Clinton Township man then washed any evidence off his truck at a nearby car wash and drove away. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Police investigating fatal hit-and-run in Clinton Township," 2 July 2018 In addition, West is working with Downers Grove North students to co-sponsor a car wash with the Parkland students from noon to 3 p.m. June 16 behind the Bill Kay Chevrolet car dealership near Ogden Avenue and Interstate 355 in Lisle. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Parkland students to hold town hall on gun violence at Naperville church," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of car wash

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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car wash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of car wash

: an area or building with equipment for washing cars

: an event at which people pay to have their cars washed in order to raise money for some purpose

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