subcompact

noun

sub·​com·​pact ˈsəb-ˈkäm-ˌpakt How to pronounce subcompact (audio)
: an automobile smaller than a compact

Examples of subcompact in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But compared to penny-pinching European subcompacts, the Volvo is a serious cut above in design and sophisticated performance. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Nov. 2023 The 2024 Buick Encore GX subcompact SUV feels almost completely new, thanks to upgrades that include a new instrument panel, improved connectivity and styling tweaks. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 24 May 2023 General Motors’ joint venture with SAIC has begun shipping Chevrolet Aveo subcompact cars to Mexico, for sale in June starting at $16,300. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 After all, this subcompact SUV shares its underpinnings with the mild-mannered Ford Escape and the utilitarian Ford Maverick. cleveland, 2 Sep. 2023 The Rio subcompact was offered as a sedan and a hatchback, with both starting under $20,000. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 23 Aug. 2023 Likewise, Toyota and Honda later halted U.S. sales of their subcompacts. Tom Krisher, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 Along with a subcompact crossover called the Pear and a pickup truck called the Alaska, Fisker showed off a flashy four-door sports car, dubbed the Rōnin after the eponymous John Frankenheimer film famous for its thrilling car chase scenes. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2023 This subcompact crossover isn't much smaller than the Ocean, but it's been stripped down and will be built on a new lightweight, low-cost platform. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subcompact was in 1960

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“Subcompact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subcompact. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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subcompact

noun
sub·​com·​pact ˈsəb-ˈkäm-ˌpakt How to pronounce subcompact (audio)
: an automobile smaller than a compact

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