car·​load | \ ˈkär-ˈlōd How to pronounce carload (audio) , -ˌlōd \

Definition of carload

1 : a load (as of occupants) that fills a car a carload of tourists
2 : the minimum number of tons required for shipping at carload rates
3 : a large unspecified quantity a carload of excuses

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Examples of carload in a Sentence

She brought home a carload of books. People were arriving by the carload.
Recent Examples on the Web Tickets are $45 per carload, for up to four passengers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Chefs cooking up culinary plans to help others facing job loss, racism and hunger," 27 Apr. 2021 On the morning of June 1, young Walter watched as a carload of white men entered the home of his friends. Smithsonian Magazine, "The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921," 17 Mar. 2021 This is a system Pippi eventually breaks out of with three friends who have learned to use their wrestling powers for good, culminating in a carload of female wrestlers driving cross-country to beat up a rapist. Washington Post, "In the ’80s, she wrestled as Mad Maxine. Now her debut novel takes readers inside the ring.," 15 Mar. 2021 Rubin, then a 22-year-old white student organizer who became a SNCC field secretary, was traveling from Oxford, Ohio, with a carload of books to set up Freedom Schools in Mississippi. Smithsonian Magazine, "A New Film Details the FBI’s Relentless Pursuit of Dr. Martin Luther King," 16 Jan. 2021 Some people who had only ordered an ice cream cone for themselves ended up paying more than $50 to cover a carload of children behind them, said Jensen. Washington Post, "A chain of 900 strangers bought one another’s meals at a Dairy Queen drive-through," 4 Dec. 2020 Tickets to the event are $100 per carload or $135 for premium seating. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Opera plans drive-in ‘All Is Calm’ film and live sing-along," 2 Dec. 2020 Other light shows, charge by the carload, such as the one at Irwindale Speedway ($59). Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Fairgrounds, theme parks open drive-through holiday shows to offset lost revenue," 11 Dec. 2020 Admission starts at $20 per carload; proceeds help local charities. Mary Bergin,, "Find the joy of the season at holiday light displays within driving distance of Chicago," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of carload

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of carload was in 1567

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2 May 2021

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“Carload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of carload

: the amount of people or things that will fit in a car : a car full of people or things

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