sleeping car


: a railroad passenger car having berths for sleeping

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That said, the prospect of spending the night in a sleeping car understandably raises a number of questions. Erika Mailman, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Warne gained the train conductor’s sympathy and secured an entire sleeping car for her party of four (herself, Lincoln, Pinkerton and Lincoln’s bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon). Kellie B. Gormly, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Longer term, new sleeping car trains could be procured to serve new routes including Stockholm-Amsterdam/Paris, Stockholm-Prague-Vienna-Budapest and Frankfurt-Lyon-Barcelona. Ben Jones, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 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., 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sleeping car was in 1839

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“Sleeping car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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sleeping car


: a railroad passenger car having berths for sleeping

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