mo·​tor·​car ˈmō-tər-ˌkär How to pronounce motorcar (audio)
usually motor car : a railroad car containing motors for propulsion

Examples of motorcar in a Sentence

a convention for those who love antique motorcars
Recent Examples on the Web The world’s top carriage builders picked up the reins (or, more accurately, dropped them) and began designing increasingly elegant bodywork for the nascent motorcar industry; within three decades, automakers such as Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, and Bentley were also competing. The Editors, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 During the afternoon, they should, if possible, be induced to walk or run, but if the torrents of drenching rain prevent this, they could be taken out in motorcars to see some local sight. Nancy Mitford, Vogue, 24 Dec. 2023 Allen searched for his address in a newspaper archive and learned a past resident had been the owner of one of the first motorcars in St. Louis. Gabe Bullard, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 But having said that, the basic ethos of the level of engineering and overall focus on the driving elements of the motorcar and the ownership element of the motorcar has not changed in 30 years. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 4 Sep. 2023 There were docks and canoes and sailboats, a (worrying) clay tennis court, bicycles, motorboats, motorcars, and games. Town & Country, 17 Aug. 2023 This heirloom motorcar is accompanied by an archive of original documentation, photos, and correspondence dating back to 1911, and carries a high-end estimate of $4 million. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 7 Aug. 2023 Confusing matters even more, the route was called Hubbard’s Trace in the era before motorcars. Paul Eisenberg, Chicago Tribune, 17 June 2023 Fast-forward to the flappers of the 1920s, driving hell for leather in flashy motorcars. Town & Country, 3 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of motorcar was in 1878

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“Motorcar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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mo·​tor·​car ˈmōt-ər-ˌkär How to pronounce motorcar (audio)

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