squad car


: a police automobile connected with headquarters by a two-way radio

called also black-and-white, cruiser, prowl car

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Grier screamed, cried, made several threats to kill herself and refused to get in the squad car, the video showed. Shaddi Abusaid, ajc, 7 Nov. 2022 Jan and the kids then watched as Gaye was carted off in the back of a squad car with a black eye. Matthew Allan, Rolling Stone, 4 Feb. 2023 Angela Bursac, Gracelyn’s mother, said her three daughters most enjoyed the K-9 demonstration and watching the dog jump out of the squad car. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Carpentersville police Officer Kara Burroughs loaded box after box and bag after bag of food into a squad car Saturday until there was no space left to fill. Gloria Casas, Chicago Tribune, 22 Nov. 2022 Only two officers in a squad car and a hazmat crew remained in the lot, which was adjacent to the complex’s leasing office. Dallas News, 6 Jan. 2023 Chauvin and his partner, Tou Thao, arrived on the scene as Kueng and Lane struggled to detain Floyd inside a squad car. Holly Bailey, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Dec. 2022 After being shot at, Kubisiak drove down the driveway, smashed into a squad car and fled northbound on Britton Road. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec. 2022 Unconfirmed video footage from a Twitter page tracking a Chicago police scanner appears to show the incident unfolding, from the moment the suspect tried to trap the officer between his vehicle and a squad car to the shootout. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of squad car was in 1938

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“Squad car.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squad%20car. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

squad car

: a police car connected by radio with headquarters
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