ve·​hi·​cle ˈvē-ə-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio)
ˈvē-ˌhi-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio)
: a means of carrying or transporting something
planes, trains, and other vehicles
: such as
: a piece of mechanized equipment
: an agent of transmission : carrier
: a medium through which something is expressed, achieved, or displayed
an investment vehicle
especially : a work created especially to display the talents of a particular performer
: an inert medium (such as a syrup) in which a medicinally active agent is administered
: any of various media acting usually as solvents, carriers, or binders for active ingredients or pigments

Examples of vehicle in a Sentence

cars, trucks, and other vehicles The vehicle's driver was severely injured in the crash. Have you seen his new car? It's a fine-looking vehicle. Water and insects can be vehicles of infection. art as a vehicle for self-expression Words and pictures are vehicles of communication. These big-budget movies are star vehicles for well-known actors.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2005, the Jewish Department of Shin Bet received intelligence about a plot to slow the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza by using 700 liters of gasoline to blow up vehicles on a major highway. Mark Mazzetti Jonathan Davis Anna Diamond David Mason, New York Times, 16 May 2024 The car tried to pull over but continued driving 7 mph for 20 feet with the woman still under the vehicle. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for vehicle 

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Word History


borrowed from French & Latin; French véhicule, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin vehiculum "medium, agent of transmission," going back to Latin, "wheeled vehicle, means of transport," from vehere "to carry, convey" + -culum, instrumental suffix (going back to Indo-European *-tlom) — more at way entry 1

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Time Traveler
The first known use of vehicle was in 1612

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Cite this Entry

“Vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a means by which something is passed along, expressed, achieved, or shown
movies are vehicles of ideas
: something used to transport persons or goods
a space vehicle

Medical Definition


: an inert medium in which a medicinally active agent is administered
: an agent of transmission
a vehicle of infection

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