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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Tourists seeking to ride a rattling vintage contraption can always try the F-line streetcar, which serves Market Street and Fisherman’s Wharf, officials said. Rachel Swan,, "SF’s iconic cable cars will be down for 10 days for gear-box replacement," 3 Sep. 2019 The second panel shows Angelou as a teenage streetcar conductor, smiling and dressed in her MTA uniform. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "San Francisco Is Getting a Monument to Maya Angelou," 7 Aug. 2019 Another 375-foot-span footbridge on Spruce Street dates to 1912 and was built to get pedestrians across the canyon to streetcars on Fourth Avenue. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bankers Hill: Historic and modern meet in affluent community, complete with footbridges," 28 June 2019 Soldiers, sailors and Marines who roamed the streets of Los Angeles on June 7, 1943, looking for Mexicans in zoot suits, stopped this streetcar during their search. Paloma Esquivelstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "El Paso massacre was just the latest in long line of anti-Latino violence in the U.S.," 16 Aug. 2019 Use alternate transportation including TriMet bus lines, streetcars, bikes, scooters, walking or driving., "Portland metro Wednesday traffic: TriMet continues upgrade of Washington Park elevators," 7 Aug. 2019 Thousands of white veterans in uniform snatched black people from streetcars, sidewalks and beat them without reason or mercy. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "100 years ago, white mobs across the country attacked black people. And they fought back," 27 July 2019 The Cold Spring Trolley runs between the village of Cold Spring, the hamlet of Garrison and the city of Beacon, and on weekends, for just $2 per trip, the sweet, old-fashioned streetcar make stops at seven of the region’s cultural institutions. New York Times, "An Upstate Culture Crawl, Thanks to a $2 Trolley That Drops You Door to Door," 24 July 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

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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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