- an automobile.
- a vehicle running on rails, as a streetcar or railroad car.
- the part of an elevator, balloon, modern airship, etc., that carries the passengers, freight, etc.
- British Dialect. any wheeled vehicle, as a farm cart or wagon.
- Literary. a chariot, as of war or triumph.
- Archaic. cart; carriage.
Origin of car1
Origin of car2
- computer-assisted retrieval.
Origin of CAR
- carat; carats.
Related Words for carwagon, van, auto, bus, ride, machine, pickup, truck, motor, automobile, convertible, jeep, limousine, compact, wreck, buggy, bucket, conveyance, jalopy, heap
Examples from the Web for car
Contemporary Examples of car
They all immediately dashed out to their car to catch the bad guys.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.
Father José Julián was shot and wounded driving in a car through the sierra of Ajuchitán.
I told them it was back where I parked my car, so they offered me a ride.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods
January 7, 2015
They carjacked a Renault Clio, took the car, and fled with it.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
Historical Examples of car
They awoke one morning to find the car on a siding at the One Girl mine.
"Thought it might be some of you folks when I saw the car," said Higbee, shaking hands all around.
When he set out he meant to reach the car and go back to town at once.
She bowed curtly to Grace and Emma as her car whizzed by them.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Running the car into the shadow of a ruined house, I try to sleep.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
- Also called: motorcar, automobilea self-propelled road vehicle designed to carry passengers, esp one with four wheels that is powered by an internal-combustion engine
- (as modifier)car coat
- a conveyance for passengers, freight, etc, such as a cable car or the carrier of an airship or balloon
- British a railway vehicle for passengers only, such as a sleeping car or buffet car
- mainly US and Canadian a railway carriage or van
- mainly US the enclosed platform of a lift
- a poetic word for chariot
Word Origin for car
- compound annual return
Word Origin and History for car
c.1300, "wheeled vehicle," from Anglo-French carre, Old North French carre, from Vulgar Latin *carra, related to Latin carrum, carrus (plural carra), originally "two-wheeled Celtic war chariot," from Gaulish karros, a Celtic word (cf. Old Irish and Welsh carr "cart, wagon," Breton karr "chariot"), from PIE *krsos, from root *kers- "to run" (see current (adj.)).
"From 16th to 19th c. chiefly poetic, with associations of dignity, solemnity, or splendour ..." [OED]. Used in U.S. of railway carriages by 1826; extension to "automobile" is by 1896. Car bomb first 1972, in reference to Northern Ireland. The Latin word also is the source of Italian and Spanish carro, French char.