ve·​hic·​u·​lar vē-ˈhi-kyə-lər How to pronounce vehicular (audio)
: of, relating to, or designed for vehicles and especially motor vehicles
: transported by vehicle
: caused by or resulting from the operation of a vehicle
vehicular homicide
: serving as a vehicle

Examples of vehicular in a Sentence

The road was closed to vehicular traffic.
Recent Examples on the Web Damron was arrested Thursday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and child endangerment causing death, according to the Police Department. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2023 The city also will be using traffic cameras to collect data on vehicular speeds and cyclist volume to measure broader impacts on traffic patterns, Coy said. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2023 Janik was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of murder, felony DUI, hit-and-run, gross vehicular manslaughter and three counts of making false insurance claims about a vehicle. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023 Robles-Sanchez was arrested and faces felony charges, including vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, the outlet reported. Emma Colton, Fox News, 6 Sep. 2023 Ruggs, 24, pleaded guilty in May to one count of driving under the influence resulting in death, a felony, and one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the 2021 crash, which killed a 23-year-old woman and her dog. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 9 Aug. 2023 Pedestrian and vehicular traffic remained closed under the bridge for a week. The Enquirer, 25 July 2023 Marlow is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail faces two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of driving under the influence. Mary Lebus, The Enquirer, 27 Aug. 2023 Frantz Laine was arrested Monday on a dozen charges, including two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of reckless driving with injury and drug-related charges, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. Angie Dimichele, Sun Sentinel, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Late Latin vehiculāris, from Latin vehiculum vehicle + -āris -ar

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of vehicular was in 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Vehicular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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ve·​hic·​u·​lar vē-ˈhik-yə-lər How to pronounce vehicular (audio)
: of, relating to, or designed for vehicles

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