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 Many arrived via the No. 8 streetcar on nearby Greenmount Avenue. Jacques Kelly,, "Burned down and built over, ‘Old’ Oriole Park gets a deserved plaque," 10 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the Seattle streetcar has three different lines operating throughout the city. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "Seattle Travel Guide," 1 Mar. 2021 Track blockages, including vehicles parking on QLINE tracks, can be a major factor in streetcar service delays. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's QLINE streetcars returning to Woodward without passengers for staff retraining," 29 Mar. 2021 The Novel Bishop Arts property is at the terminus of the streetcar line, which connects North Oak Cliff with downtown Dallas. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "One of North Oak Cliff’s biggest new developments is for sale," 15 Mar. 2021 The Couture, which is to be located at 909 E. Michigan St. overlooking Lake Michigan, is to include a transit concourse for the streetcar, known as The Hop. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Couture contract requiring developers' personal guarantee approved by Milwaukee Common Council," 3 Mar. 2021 During that time, Heflin – a prohibitionist and racist – saw a Black man sitting on a streetcar in Washington, D.C., sipping whiskey with a white woman, according to a historical account. John Sharp, al, "Mo Brooks censure: Never seen before in Alabama and a first since the Civil War," 13 Jan. 2021 The new version of the bill adds $12 million to pay for improvements to the S-Line streetcar in Salt Lake City. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Legislative leaders back away from borrowing to pay for transit and construction," 2 Mar. 2021 Taking a streetcar is part of the fun as well as convenient transportation. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "New Orleans Travel Guide," 1 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Streetcar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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