recreational vehicle


Definition of recreational vehicle

: a vehicle designed for recreational use (as in camping) especially : motor home

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Synonyms for recreational vehicle


camper, caravan, motor home, RV, trailer

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Examples of recreational vehicle in a Sentence

sales of recreational vehicles typically go down when gas prices go up

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Malloy bought gold rings from Walmart and borrowed his mother’s recreational vehicle to make the trip. NBC News, "She was an American child bride. Now, Genevieve is fighting to stop it from happening to others.," 12 Aug. 2019 By historical measures, consumer confidence remains high, but the survey’s director, Richard Curtin, noted that demand already was softening for some large discretionary items, including early-warning indicators such as recreational vehicles. Los Angeles Times, "Is Trump relying on American consumers to save the economy from recession?," 22 Aug. 2019 All lanes of eastbound Interstate 580 in Oakland were closed Monday morning after a recreational vehicle overturned and caused a car to swerve and plunge down an embankment, according to the California Highway Patrol. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Overturned RV shuts down lanes of I-580 in Oakland," 5 Aug. 2019 Almost every day, tourists come in massive recreational vehicles and vans. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: He gets belligerent about Father’s Day, wife goes ALL CAPS," 7 July 2019 Almost every day, other tourists come in massive recreational vehicles and vans. Ask Amy,, "Ask Amy: Dad’s demands on Father’s Day are the last straw," 7 July 2019 Ford and Chevy trucks, along with recreational vehicles, are parked on streets dotted with single-family homes. Anchorage Daily News, "No deaths reported in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Southern California," 6 July 2019 Ford and Chevy trucks, along with recreational vehicles, are found on most streets. Mark Puente,, "After two huge earthquakes, these Ridgecrest residents are afraid to go back into their house," 6 July 2019 The opening of Oakland’s RV park comes nearly two months after Berkeley passed an ordinance that would ban overnight street parking of recreational vehicles on its streets. Sarah Ravani,, "Oakland opens Bay Area’s first 24/7 safe parking area for homeless RV dwellers," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of recreational vehicle

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of recreational vehicle was in 1949

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English Language Learners Definition of recreational vehicle

US : a large vehicle that often has a bathroom, kitchen, and beds for use during travel and camping

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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