sleeping car


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 compartment comes with other perks: A sleeping car attendant who provides turndown service and assistance with meals and luggage. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Amtrak sale: 2-for-1 deal on private roomettes, where you can take your mask off," 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, "Remembering George Floyd: Here are the civil rights museums and landmarks to visit," 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, "Dispatch From the Land of Flight Shaming, or How I Became a Train Boaster," 18 Dec. 2019 Such is the lofty ambition on which the principle of the sleeping car is based. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Enduring Romance of the Night Train," 4 May 2020 The neighborhood was built by industrialist George M. Pullman in the 19th century for people who worked at his state-of-the-art factory building luxurious railroad sleeping cars. USA TODAY, "Oil train conversion, sit-in anniversary, Healing Garden expansion: News from around our 50 states," 25 Feb. 2020 The harsh working conditions aboard Pullman’s sleeping cars helped spur the birth of the African American labor movement. USA TODAY, "Oil train conversion, sit-in anniversary, Healing Garden expansion: News from around our 50 states," 25 Feb. 2020 Even before the Haymarket incident, George Pullman, the inventor of the railroad sleeping car, wanted to insulate his workers from radicals like Spies. Ron Grossman,, "As Chicago teachers vote to authorize a strike, a look back at the city’s labor history," 27 Sep. 2019 The discount does not apply to non-Acela business class tickets, first class or sleeping car accommodations. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Traveling Amtrak for the holidays? What passengers riding the rails need to know," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sleeping car

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sleeping car was in 1839

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18 Aug 2020

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“Sleeping car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sleeping car

: a railroad car with beds for people to sleep in

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