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 44-story Couture is to include 322 high-end apartments, 52,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space and a transit concourse featuring the downtown streetcar, known as The Hop. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Long-delayed Couture high-rise receives HUD loan guarantee for $103.5 million, setting the stage for construction.," 23 Nov. 2020 The Funky Uptown Krewe last year started riding behind the Phunny Phorty Phellows on the streetcar on Twelfth Night (Jan. 6), which kicks off the Carnival season. Carlie Wells,, "Funky Uptown Krewe cancels 12th Night streetcar ride for 2021 Mardi Gras due to coronavirus," 12 Nov. 2020 Kunkel said 66% of the use so far has been for buses, 28% for TRAX and streetcar and 6% for FrontRunner commuter rail. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Pandemic puts kink in UTA experiment to offer free rides for low-income people," 11 Nov. 2020 The emphasis was on practicality — a short walk from City Hall and the Bexar County Courthouse with good streetcar connections. Paula Allen,, "Grand staircase remembered from childhood not likely at San Antonio’s business-oriented Continental hotel," 7 Nov. 2020 His father was a streetcar operator, and his mother was a homemaker. Washington Post, "Doyle Royal, U-Md. coach and decorated combat veteran, dies at 101," 5 Nov. 2020 Angelou moved to San Francisco as a teenager, attended Washington High, went to church at Glide and became the city’s first Black female streetcar conductor at age 16. Heather Knight,, "S.F. City Hall wrong made right: Eye-catching monument to Maya Angelou to be installed after all," 5 Nov. 2020 The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority said that bus, ferry and streetcar service would be suspended at noon Wednesday. NBC News, "Hurricane Zeta, now Category 2, forecast to pass over New Orleans," 27 Oct. 2020 Emergency vehicles blocked off streets and a streetcar line through the area was shut down. Melissa Eddy, New York Times, "Vienna Terrorist Attack Leaves at Least 4 Dead and Many Wounded," 2 Nov. 2020

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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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25 Nov 2020

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“Streetcar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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