car·​hop | \ ˈkär-ˌhäp How to pronounce carhop (audio) \

Definition of carhop

: one who serves customers at a drive-in restaurant

Examples of carhop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The carhop has had something of a resurgence during the pandemic, with the elimination of dine-in and many more people eating in their cars. Lucas Kwan Peterson Food Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "What We’re Into: The carhop at Cupid’s Hot Dogs," 23 Mar. 2021 In a message to the Free Press Wednesday, a representative from the Meeting Place said the Fenton restaurant was no longer offering dine-in service and would be switching to a carhop model. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "State suspends liquor licenses, fines Michigan restaurants for violating DHHS order," 28 Nov. 2020 Customers can then choose between accessing the Broadway’s menu online from their phone, or using a laminated card with a QR code on it that a carhop delivers to their window. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Timely Return of the Drive-In Restaurant," 27 May 2020 But there's something else that has brought them here: the revival of Mel’s carhop service, a once prominent part of its offerings when Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs opened the California restaurant chain’s original location back in 1947. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Timely Return of the Drive-In Restaurant," 27 May 2020 Locally, Steer-In, 5130 E. 10th St., added carhop service in April, no apps required. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Carhop service with a modern twist returns to Steak 'n Shake," 5 Aug. 2020 Hiring details: Sonic is hiring about 280 employees in the Phoenix area including carhops, cooks and general managers for both full and part-time positions. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Looking for a job? These restaurants in Arizona are hiring. Here's how to apply," 18 May 2020 As seen through the window, carhop Sadie Townsel clips new food orders to the wire for chefs to prepare at Keller's Drive-In on Northwest Highway in Dallas, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Tom Fox, Dallas News, "Photos: As social distancing becomes the norm, drive-ins are back in vogue," 17 May 2020 The 1,700-square-foot restaurant in the Crossroads at Orenco Station development featured carhops and the chain’s signature footlong Coney Island hot dogs. oregonlive, "It isn’t just Keizer’s In-N-Out: Oregon’s history of food hysteria," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of carhop

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carhop

car + -hop (as in bellhop)

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3 Apr 2021

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“Carhop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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