car wash


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 The play area has a hometown theme, featuring a car wash, fire department, gas station, police department and school bus. Charles Infosino,, "Indoor playgrounds in Greater Cincinnati perfect for the family in winter months," 7 Jan. 2020 View gas stations by distance, price, company or amenities (like car washes, restaurants and washrooms). Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Want to save on gas and hotels this holiday season? You might want to try these apps," 21 Dec. 2019 Hang Time has placed men in jobs including janitorial services, car washes, solar installation, roofing, machine tool and die, driving trucks and more. Alix Boyle,, "Hang Time:," 12 Dec. 2019 The thieves also took the pressure washer Basco used for his mobile car wash business. Fox News, "El Paso shooting victim's partner gets new SUV after his is stolen, vandalized," 21 Aug. 2019 Basco makes a living running a mobile car wash business, wearing a trademark blue Ford Motor cap. Dallas News, "A grieving man’s cry for support draws people from all over to mourn El Paso massacre victim," 17 Aug. 2019 Also, Archie and Veronica hold a car wash fundraiser at Pop’s to raise money for the community center. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Oct. 20-26," 20 Oct. 2019 Dawn, from our Thursday team, helped a Plainfield man secure $1,500 for damage an automated car wash did to the paint on his 2012 Ford Mustang. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "How did a Hamilton County family get $7,000 to replace 'squeaky' floors in their home?," 21 Oct. 2019 Haunted car washes have popped up in several other places around the country this year, including in Daphne, Alabama, and Wichita Falls, Texas. Ryan Prior, CNN, "'Haunted Car Wash' delivers clean but creepy fun," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of car wash

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of car wash was in 1915

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15 Jan 2020

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“Car wash.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of car wash

: an area or building with equipment for washing cars
US : an event at which people pay to have their cars washed in order to raise money for some purpose

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