sleeping car

noun

Definition of sleeping car

: a railroad passenger car having berths for sleeping

Examples of sleeping car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The detective hid behind the sleeping car as the grownups climbed the stairs. Simon Rich, The New Yorker, 8 July 2021 The traditional dining service is included with Amtrak’s sleeping car service, but is available for all passengers. Wayne Rash, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The chef, a waiter and another food service worker had been furloughed recently, leaving only the cafe attendant to prepare and serve food to sleeping car passengers in the dining car. ExpressNews.com, 11 Oct. 2020 By the time Amtrak was created in 1970 to take over operation of the nation's remaining long-distance passenger trains, few sleeping car attendants had been hired in many years as train travel declined. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2020 The compartment comes with other perks: A sleeping car attendant who provides turndown service and assistance with meals and luggage. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2020 Pullman built luxury passenger cars for trains during the heyday of train travel, and was also once the nation's largest employer of African Americans, who worked as sleeping car porters on Pullman trains. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, 9 June 2020 Today sleeping cars are a rarity, knocked out by budget airlines and their comparatively cheap fares, though a few European rail operators are moving to revive sleeper trains because of a recent increase in demand. New York Times, 18 Dec. 2019 Such is the lofty ambition on which the principle of the sleeping car is based. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of sleeping car

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Sleeping car.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleeping%20car. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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sleeping car

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sleeping car

: a railroad car with beds for people to sleep in

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