street·​car ˈstrēt-ˌkär How to pronounce streetcar (audio)
: a vehicle on rails used primarily for transporting passengers and typically operating on city streets

Illustration of streetcar

Illustration of streetcar

Examples of streetcar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the forthcoming streetcar on Main will connect the residents to the Plaza and downtown. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 11 May 2024 Buses will stop at the transit concourse right next to The Hop streetcar L-Line. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for streetcar 

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of streetcar was in 1839

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“Streetcar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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street·​car -ˌkär How to pronounce streetcar (audio)
: a passenger vehicle that runs on rails and typically operates on city streets

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