[ kahr ]
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  1. an automobile.

  2. a vehicle running on rails, as a streetcar or railroad car.

  1. the part of an elevator, balloon, modern airship, etc., that carries the passengers, freight, etc.

  2. British Dialect. any wheeled vehicle, as a farm cart or wagon.

  3. Literary. a chariot, as of war or triumph.

  4. Archaic. cart; carriage.

Origin of car

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English carre, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin carra (feminine singular), from Latin, neuter plural of carrum, variant of carrus “baggage cart, freight wagon,” from Gaulish; akin to Old Irish carr “wheeled vehicle”

Other words from car

  • carless, adjective

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Other definitions for car (2 of 4)

[ kahr ]

adjectiveChiefly Scot.

Origin of car

First recorded in 1375–1425; Middle English (Scots ), from Scots Gaelic ceàrr “false, left, wrong”

Other definitions for CAR (3 of 4)


  1. computer-assisted retrieval.

Origin of CAR

First recorded in 1980–85

Other definitions for car. (4 of 4)


  1. carat; carats. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use car in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for car (1 of 2)


/ (kɑː) /

    • Also called: motorcar, automobile a 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

  1. a conveyance for passengers, freight, etc, such as a cable car or the carrier of an airship or balloon

  1. British a railway vehicle for passengers only, such as a sleeping car or buffet car

  2. mainly US and Canadian a railway carriage or van

  3. mainly US the enclosed platform of a lift

  4. a poetic word for chariot

Origin of car

C14: from Anglo-French carre, ultimately related to Latin carra, carrum two-wheeled wagon, probably of Celtic origin; compare Old Irish carr

British Dictionary definitions for CAR (2 of 2)


abbreviation for
  1. compound annual return

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