sport utility vehicle

variants: or sport-utility vehicle \ ˈspȯrt-​yü-​ˈti-​lə-​tē-​ How to pronounce sport utility vehicle (audio) \ or less commonly sport utility or sport-utility
plural sport utility vehicles or sport-utility vehicles also sport utilities or sport-utilities

Definition of sport utility vehicle

: a rugged automotive vehicle similar to a station wagon but built on a light-truck chassis : suv

called also sport-ute

Examples of sport utility vehicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ford Chief Executive Jim Farley said Ford decided to move ahead with the new plants in part because of a strong reception to early electric offerings such as the Mustang Mach-E sport-utility vehicle. Mike Colias, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 Thirteen people from Mexico and Guatemala were killed when the sport-utility vehicle with 25 people inside was struck by a gravel truck in Holtville. NBC News, 4 Aug. 2021 The man walked to a sport-utility vehicle parked in the driveway. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 14 May 2021 Tennessee residents Cody Fox, 29, and his 9-month-old daughter, Ariana — died after their sport-utility vehicle crashed and caught fire, Garlock said. Washington Post, 20 June 2021 After the shooting in the Hialeah area west of Miami Gardens, police had said that a sport-utility vehicle approached and that three people got out and fired indiscriminately at the crowd. NBC News, 2 June 2021 The truck’s base price is a few thousand dollars less than that of a Tesla Model 3 and even that of the company’s own Mustang Mach-E sport-utility vehicle. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Andrew Arwood drove more than an hour from his Oregon home to buy a Subaru Crosstrek sport-utility vehicle. Mike Colias, WSJ, 13 May 2021 The vehicle the 21-month-old was in was nearly hit by a merging sport-utility vehicle. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sport utility vehicle

1969, in the meaning defined above

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17 Oct 2021

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“Sport utility vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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Kids Definition of sport-utility vehicle

: an automobile similar to a station wagon but built on a light truck frame


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