sleeping car


: a railroad passenger car having berths for sleeping

Examples of sleeping car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Founded shortly after the end of the American Civil War in 1867 by George Pullman, the Pullman Company popularized sleeping car train travel in America—for the white middle and upper class—by offering luxury sleeper cars and high-end service from Pullman porters. Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Sep. 2021 Davis got an early taste of what was in-store while traveling from Los Angeles to basic training and having to give up his sleeping car when his train reached El Paso, Texas. Graham Womack, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 On the Helsinki-Kolari route, there are occasionally older sleeping cars with three-bed compartments. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Some will become sleeping cars, while others will be transformed into dining cars; still others will be able to carry outdoor recreation gear, like skis and bicycles. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Aug. 2023 Since then, interior designers have been hard at work refreshing the 15 hunter-green carriages, which include a piano bar car, two restaurant cars, an open-air observation car and eight sleeping cars, per Robb Report’s Rachel Cormack. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2023 The train comprises eight sleeping cars, two restaurant cars, a swanky Piano Bar Car, and the open-air Observation Car. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 July 2023 The train's Rockies to Red Rocks trip is a daylight journey, meaning there are no sleeping cars aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Tamara Gane, Chron, 1 May 2023 For instance, first-class passengers have access to priority boarding and are served complimentary food and drinks at their seats, while roomette and bedroom passengers have sleeping car attendants looking after them, and are allotted private bathrooms. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sleeping car was in 1839

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“Sleeping car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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sleeping car

: a railroad passenger car having berths for sleeping

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