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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Last week, Glendale city staff unveiled a more detailed look at two potential routes for the streetcar that were first proposed in March. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Proposed Glendale streetcar rolls into focus," 6 Aug. 2019 He got lost navigating the streetcar system, and struggled to find Germans willing to befriend him, or even to talk to. Washington Post, "This German city had few foreigners. Then refugees changed it in some surprising ways.," 18 July 2019 The ticket includes magic shows, live music, storytelling and unlimited rides on streetcars; rides on Thomas’ friend Percy cost an additional $10. Web Behrens,, "15 things to do with the kids July 8-14," 7 July 2019 The $132 million park is a centerpiece of Oklahoma City’s downtown revitalization, including a new convention center and streetcar system. USA TODAY, "Troll trail, coal train derailment, geyser record: News from around our 50 states," 27 June 2019 Getting around: Hop on The Hop, Milwaukee’s new streetcar, and ride the two-mile route, stopping at The Public Market for a bite to eat. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Visit Milwaukee and Wisconsin this summer, before the world does in 2020," 14 July 2019 The Hyde and Mason cable car lines, E and F streetcar lines and the 8, 19, 28, 30, 39, 47 and 49 routes will have reroutes during the fireworks. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "How to get, from San Francisco’s July 4 fireworks spectacular — without a car," 3 July 2019 But unlike stadiums and streetcars, tax money for bugs doesn’t generate much controversy. USA TODAY, "Summer snow, yellow jacket super nests, laundered cat: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2019 Instead of riding in pollution-churning cars, kids can take a free streetcar between downtown and historic Ybor City, or stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk that connects museums and parks. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Today I'm Obsessed With ...," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of streetcar

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of streetcar

US : a vehicle that travels on streets on metal tracks and that is used for carrying passengers


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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