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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. 2017.
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  • He pondered it on his way back to the street-car, as he struggled against the wind.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Freddie and Toby crossed the street-car track, hand in hand together.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • They took a street-car when they got to Wampoag, because the shopping district was a long ways off, and it was a hot day anyway.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • On the ground are six street-car tracks, crossing one another.

    The Secret Wireless Lewis E. Theiss
  • He saw her blaze up in a splendid burst of wrath, as she had blazed once—oh, an eternity ago, at a street-car conductor.

    The Real Adventure Henry Kitchell Webster
  • He had ridden to the end of the street-car line, and started his walk from there.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • They can jog along that way as far as Quesnelles as easy as they could on a street-car in Seattle.

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

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • It faces the entrance to the principal bridge over the River Lee and all the street-car lines terminate there.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • Not any better than her mistress, however, who at this moment was hailing a street-car.

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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