notch·​back ˈnäch-ˌbak How to pronounce notchback (audio)
: an automobile with a trunk whose lid forms a distinct deck
also : the back of such an automobile

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The graceful notchback slant of the huge tailgate, long overhangs, and expansive rear windows seem at total odds with the shorter hood and narrow wheelbase. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 14 May 2022 Convertible, notchback coupe, and Speedster models were added through the years. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 3 Mar. 2022 The coupe-like roofline swoops low over the cockpit without pausing for a notchback trunk, allowing for a big liftgate in the rear. Jason Fogelson, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Little Red and a later car, unofficially known as the Green Hornet, were the only two Shelby GT 500 notchback coupes of their era, each sporting a snazzy vinyl roof. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, 17 Aug. 2018 By the late ’80s, the notchback Mustang GTs and LXs had evolved into a pretty potent package for the era. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, 3 Nov. 2017 The Grand Sport uses a long notchback-emulating liftgate to give it a sedanlike side profile, but the whole rear glass lifts with the decklid. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 6 July 2017 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'notchback.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of notchback was in 1965

Dictionary Entries Near notchback

Cite this Entry

“Notchback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on notchback

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!