car·​load ˈkär-ˈlōd How to pronounce carload (audio)
: a load (as of occupants) that fills a car
a carload of tourists
: the minimum number of tons required for shipping at carload rates
: a large unspecified quantity
a carload of excuses

Examples of carload in a Sentence

She brought home a carload of books. People were arriving by the carload.
Recent Examples on the Web Prices are $25 per carload, $35 for skip the line early entry for specific dates, $50 for season passes (a carload up to four times). Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 11 Oct. 2022 Chief Executive Jim Vena said the company continues to face inflationary pressure and a drop in carloads, though operating and safety metrics are showing solid improvement. WSJ, 19 Oct. 2023 Days later, students told police that four carloads of people waving Palestinian flags stopped in front of the frat and yelled antisemitic slurs. Deena Yellin, USA TODAY, 24 June 2023 For perspective, Norfolk Southern’s total volume of carloads and intermodal units declined 10% between 2019 and 2022, while its average revenue per unit rose 25%. Trefis Team, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 Compared to the prior-year period, carloads are down 0.3% to 11.9 million and intermodal volume is down 4.9% to 13.4 million. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 So don’t plan to shuttle carload after carload of friends onto the grounds. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2023 The company’s freight business saw a 1% rise in average revenue per carload, which was more than offset by a 3.5% decline in the volume of carloads over this period. Trefis Team, Forbes, 10 Jan. 2023 This year, the fair will offer onsite parking and admission by the carload, according to a news release from Harford County Farm Fair, Inc. Admission is free this Saturday, but ranges from $5 to $20 per car for the remainder of the time. Jason Fontelieu, Baltimore Sun, 20 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carload was in 1567

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Cite this Entry

“Carload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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car·​load ˈkär-ˈlōd How to pronounce carload (audio)
: a load (as of passengers) that fills a car
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