cart·​age ˈkär-tij How to pronounce cartage (audio)
: the action of or rate charged for carting

Examples of cartage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People kept testing positive; sets couldn’t be unloaded from cartage; performers couldn’t make it into the country. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 10 Jan. 2022 With that comes a wide range of vehicle weight and function classifications, such as operational uses, drayage, cartage, short- and middle-mile freight, long-haul freight, last-mile freight and specialty vehicles. Alfred Poor, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Starting with his family’s modest cartage business and some gas stations, Moroun built a vast trucking and logistics network that spans North America and landed him for a time on Forbes magazine’s list of the wealthiest Americans. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, 3 Oct. 2017 A resident of the 2500 block of Shannon Road, having advertised on Craigslist to sell tires, reported July 21 that someone tried to buy them with a fraudulent check, sent in the mail, for the price of the tires plus cartage. Irv Leavitt,, 24 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cartage was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cartage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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