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- a railroad car designed to carry coal.
- a car for hauling coal in or from a mine.
Origin of coal car
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for coal car
In reality it was a coal-car, bearing in one end a crouching figure and a crutch.
He walked to the suburbs, and at nightfall he scrambled up the side of a coal-car in a train slowly moving westward.