\ 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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The five-bedroom, 9,500-square-foot house was set on slightly more than two acres containing a swimming pool and parking for 10 cars. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale,, "Hot Property Newsletter: Getting their acts together," 8 June 2019 However, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed freezing mileage targets at about 37 miles per gallon for cars after 2020. William Thornton |,, "Most of Alabama’s automakers want Trump to rethink emissions standards," 7 June 2019 The value of the car was estimated to be less than $10,000. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Lincolnwood police blotter: Ford Explorer reported solen from dealership," 7 June 2019 In the third lane, the Chrysler struck the woman with the front right of the car. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "Car strikes, kills woman crossing road in East Dallas," 7 June 2019 The shopping center featured almost 64,000 square feet of retail space divided into 40 stores and had parking spaces for 500 cars. Douglas C. Towne, azcentral, "Mr. Magoo and a Bond girl, too: John F. Long's Maryvale Shopping City attracted stars," 6 June 2019 Its trunk laid several feet ahead of the front two seats of the car. Olivia Prentzel,, "7 people injured, 2 critically, in crash along Chef Menteur Highway: EMS," 6 June 2019 His plan would reinstate methane pollution limits for oil and gas wells and tightening tailpipe standards for cars to ensure all new light- and medium-duty vehicles sold would be electrified. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Biden jumps on the Green New Deal train with climate plan," 4 June 2019 Teaser sketches of the real thing show that most of these same exterior styling cues will translate to the production car, while the interior sketches suggest an attractive, upscale cabin with a large 10.3-inch touchscreen on the dashboard. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Kia Is Working on a New Small SUV, and It's Likely to Come to the U.S.," 23 May 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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