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

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The woman drove from her workplace on Blaze Industrial at about 5 p.m. Aug. 27 and noticed a silver Honda sport-utility vehicle following her closely. Bob Sandrick,, "Worker threatens to ‘shoot up’ workplace; woman followed by driver calls police: Berea police blotter," 5 Sep. 2019 Police found Clark on the ground next to a sport-utility vehicle, and when an officer approached, Clark immediately began to stab himself in the neck, police have said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Man accused of killing Instagram personality, posting photos of body online pleads not guilty," 30 July 2019 In mid-March, Elon Musk unveiled the Model Y, a compact sport-utility vehicle, as Tesla looks to broaden its appeal among electric-car buyers. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Wall Street Is Losing Faith in Tesla," 21 May 2019 The video, which police released Friday, appears to show the officer coming around the corner of a sport-utility vehicle and shooting a woman. NBC News, "Body camera video shows teen fatally shot by officer on freeway appeared to have handgun," 13 July 2019 Americans are increasingly favouring pickup trucks and sports-utility vehicles, gas guzzlers eschewed by much of the rest of the world. The Economist, "Three industriesSupply chains for different industries are fragmenting in different ways," 11 July 2019 Companies likely to see immediate benefits from the suspension include Tesla Inc. and Ford Motor Co. , as well as German auto makers BMW AG and Daimler AG , which build sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. for export to China. WSJ, "China to Suspend Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Cars and Auto Parts for Three Months," 14 Dec. 2018 The car maker on Wednesday said total deliveries—including the pricier Model S large sedan and Model X sport-utility vehicle—more than tripled to 90,700 in 2018’s final quarter from 29,870 a year earlier. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla Shares Sink on Model 3 Delivery Miss, Price Cut," 2 Jan. 2019 The problem is crystallized in one model: the RAV4 sport-utility vehicle. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Volcker Rule changes aren't actually wholesale gutting of post-crisis regime," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of sport utility vehicle

1969, in the meaning defined above

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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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