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[street-kahr] /ˈstritˌkɑr/
a public vehicle running regularly along certain streets, usually on rails, as a trolley car or trolley bus.
Origin of streetcar
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65; street + car1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for street-car
Historical Examples
  • He had ridden to the end of the street-car line, and started his walk from there.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He pondered it on his way back to the street-car, as he struggled against the wind.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But I'm getting homesick to see a street-car and a—a policeman!

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • Not any better than her mistress, however, who at this moment was hailing a street-car.

  • On and on the street-car rumbled; one by one the workmen brushed by her and got out.

    In the Border Country Josephine Daskam Bacon
  • "Depends on whether she went in her machine or a street-car," said Quin evasively.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • After a few words with Mr. Schwartz, she left the prison and made her way to the street-car.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • Should I actually know her, were I to see her on this sidewalk, or in this street-car?


    George Washington Cable
  • Freddie and Toby crossed the street-car track, hand in hand together.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • She hears the jingle of street-car bells—ah, it cannot be midnight yet.

    The Dead Are Silent Arthur Schnitzler
British Dictionary definitions for street-car


(US & Canadian) an electrically driven public transport vehicle that runs on rails let into the surface of the road, power usually being taken from an overhead wire Also called trolley car, (esp Brit) tram, tramcar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for street-car

1859, from street (n.) + car (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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