[ kahr-lohd ]

  1. the amount carried by a car, especially a freight car.

  2. the legal minimum weight entitling a railroad shipper to a rate (carload rate ) lower than that charged for less than this weight.

Origin of carload

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; car1 + load Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use carload in a sentence

  • The other southern counties also raise lemons by the car-load to send east, or for your lemonade and lemon pies at home.

    Stories of California | Ella M. Sexton
  • When your hens do begin to lay, youll have to ship the eggs by the car-load.

    Natalie: A Garden Scout | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Most of these agencies were frauds and only wanted an advance payment on a car load of Germans who did not exist.

  • You'll find the freight on hops from Bonneville to 'Frisco is two cents a pound for car load lots.

    The Octopus | Frank Norris
  • Have never sold a greater amount than one car-load at one time; have sold as little as one peck.

    The Apple | Various