street·​car | \ ˈstrēt-ˌkär How to pronounce streetcar (audio) \

Definition of streetcar

: a vehicle on rails used primarily for transporting passengers and typically operating on city streets

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Examples of streetcar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The electric-streetcar system, debuted in 1901, included intercity electric streetcars and yellow intra-urban streetcars in central L.A. Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 On the streetcar, Donovan said any expansion should be put to a referendum. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2022 Detroit's streetcar, the QLINE, will continue free rides through the first three months of next year. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 14 Dec. 2021 Thousands gathered last weekend to watch the Krewe of Iris parade along the St. Charles streetcar line in the city’s Garden District. Steve Garbarino, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2022 Tours are by bus or streetcar or on foot and range from $30 to $70 per person, plus taxes and fees. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 The streetcar, which opened in 2001, was extended across the Willamette River to the city’s east side in 2012, and the completion of the Tilikum Crossing transit bridge in 2015 completed a loop of the central city. oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2022 As the southbound cable car climbed the Hyde Street hill, conductor Charles Gerstbacher was on the back platform, unable to see the vehicle that slammed into the front of the streetcar at top speed. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2022 This month marks 59 years since the last time a local electric streetcar operated in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of streetcar

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of streetcar was in 1839

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18 May 2022

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“Streetcar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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street·​car | \ ˈstrēt-ˌkär How to pronounce streetcar (audio) \

Kids Definition of streetcar

: a vehicle for carrying passengers that runs on rails and operates mostly on city streets

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