rumble seat


: a folding seat in the back of an automobile (such as a coupe or roadster) not covered by the top

Examples of rumble seat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With optional add-ons like a rumble seat and ride-along board, the stroller can also extend to add another child (or two). Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 23 Jan. 2023 Santa, sitting in the rumble seat of a 1931 Studebaker Roadster, rode through the streets of the city after departing City Hall at 12 p.m. Jennifer Johnson,, 14 Dec. 2021 Another popular model was the Roadster, made in 1910, with a rumble seat. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 5 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rumble seat was in 1897

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“Rumble seat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

rumble seat

: a folding seat in the back of an old-fashioned automobile that is not covered by the top over the front seat
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