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[moh-ter-kahr] /ˈmoʊ tərˌkɑr/
Chiefly British. an automobile.
Railroads. a self-propelled car for freight or passengers.
Origin of motorcar
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90; motor + car1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "It's the American gentleman that owns the motorcar," said Doyle.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • He walked, hat in hand, towards the stranger in the motorcar.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • As he spoke, the gates were opened and a motorcar drove through.

    Two Daring Young Patriots W. P. Shervill
  • No farmhouse was in sight to which the motorcar might have gone.

    The Secret Wireless

    Lewis E. Theiss
  • I only borrowed a motorcar while the owners were at lunch; they had no need of it at the time.

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
  • They had so many engagements that they were compelled to buy a motorcar and to engage a chauffeur.

    Old Mole Gilbert Cannan
  • They all waved aprons and caps until the motorcar was out of sight.

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Alice B. Emerson
  • Has any one met a rich man who denied himself a motorcar to keep a genius?


    Clive Bell
British Dictionary definitions for motorcar


a more formal word for car (sense 1)
a self-propelled electric railway car
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for motorcar

also motor-car, 1895 from motor (n.) + car.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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