\ 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

Noun 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 The car struck a brick security wall outside Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, partially ejecting the passenger. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Passenger killed when car goes out of control in District, police say," 9 Nov. 2019 The agency will roll out a new train every time the cars pass inspections, Pollack said., "The MBTA unveiled its new and modernized Red Line trains to the media Thursday afternoon at the agency’s maintenance facility in South Boston. They’ll begin rolling next spring.," 8 Nov. 2019 The car developed by Shelby, and piloted by Miles, is the GT40. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Boys Will Be Boys in “Ford v Ferrari”," 8 Nov. 2019 Police said the car contained evidence that Blanchard had been harmed. CBS News, "Suspect arrested in UFC star's stepdaughter's disappearance," 8 Nov. 2019 The car was stolen while the mother stopped at Roberto Clemente Elementary School about 5 p.m. to pick up another of her children. Nicholas Rondinone,, "New Haven teens charged in theft of car with children inside," 8 Nov. 2019 The girl’s muffled screams faded to silence as the car turned the corner. NBC News, "She called 911 after her baby fell. Weeks later, CPS took her children.," 7 Nov. 2019 Stone told police Carter then exited the car and walked out of sight. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "2 teens face murder charges in a fatal stabbing. A third person says he wielded the knife.," 5 Nov. 2019 Pet Carrier is suitable for a plane or for the car and includes a padded shoulder strap, machine-washable plush bedding, and zipper pockets on each side for storage. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "20 gifts for those who love dogs more than people," 5 Nov. 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of car was in the 14th century

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How to pronounce CAR (audio)

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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