sub·​com·​pact | \ ˈsəb-ˈkäm-ˌpakt How to pronounce subcompact (audio) \

Definition of subcompact

: an automobile smaller than a compact

Examples of subcompact in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our engineering pros love the distinctive styling and smooth handling of Volvo's subcompact SUV. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 1 June 2021 Cargo capacity is low even for a subcompact SUV, with just 14 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 32 cubic feet when folded. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 16 Mar. 2021 Also used on the new ID4 electric vehicle and upcoming Taos subcompact SUV, the light line will become a visual signature of the whole VW brand. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2021 The Note was previously sold in the U.S. as a hatch version of the subcompact Versa. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 3 Dec. 2020 The Chevrolet Trailblazer is close to being a stellar subcompact performer. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 16 Mar. 2021 The similarly sized subcompact Chevy Trailblazer, for example, starts at $19,995. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 13 Mar. 2021 Nissan is sticking to its overall plan to launch 12 new models in 18 months, according to the maker of the March subcompact, Ariya electric crossover and Infiniti luxury models. Yuri Kageyama, Star Tribune, 28 July 2020 Springfield Hellcat subcompact 9 mm firearm was stolen between 9-11 a.m. Feb. 21 from a car parked on Clark. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of subcompact

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subcompact was in 1960

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14 Jun 2021

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“Subcompact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of subcompact

US : a very small car

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