\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Investigators towed the car and the remains to the county medical examiner's office for processing, the sheriff's office said. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "For 22 years, his disappearance was a mystery; then, someone spotted something odd in a Google Earth photo," 14 Sep. 2019 More than five hours later, the woman saw Kingshill's car and called police. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "City Council block walker robbed in Sunnyside, Houston police say," 14 Sep. 2019 In Lyndhurst several trees fell on cars and houses, and even through homes, the reports say. Kaylee Remington,, "Share your pictures of storm damage in Cuyahoga County," 14 Sep. 2019 Her son was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, investigators said. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Mother charged in crash that killed 5-year-old son," 14 Sep. 2019 The researchers suggest shifting to electric cars and heating systems, insulating homes, getting rid of old appliances and expanding offshore wind development. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 Cordero, 26, was struck by a car and killed in front of her NFL player boyfriend on Wednesday morning, the team said in a statement. Helen Murphy,, "How Chris Smith’s Teammates Are Supporting Him After the Tragic Death of His Girlfriend," 13 Sep. 2019 Compare the Market, a British company that provides online price comparisons for pet, car and home insurance, trolled Instagram looking for cat hashtags and photos. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Top cat: Which pretty kitty is the most Instagram worthy?," 12 Sep. 2019 North Prairie Harvest Festival: Midway rides and wrestling, car and tractor show, music by FM Rodeo, A Little Bit of Heaven, and The Now, 5-11 p.m. Sept. 13; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 14; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15, Veterans Park, Highway 59, North Prairie. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What’s going on in Milwaukee this week: Sept. 13-19," 12 Sep. 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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