[ kahr-pool ]
/ ˈkɑrˌpul /

noun Also car pool.

Also car·pool·ing, car pooling. an arrangement among a group of automobile owners by which each owner in turn drives the others or their children to and from a designated place.
those included in such an arrangement.

verb (used without object)

Also car-pool. to form or participate in a carpool.

Nearby words

  1. carpogonium,
  2. carpology,
  3. carpometacarpal,
  4. carpometacarpal joint,
  5. carpometacarpus,
  6. carpooler,
  7. carpopedal,
  8. carpopedal spasm,
  9. carpophagous,
  10. carpophore

Origin of carpool

First recorded in 1940–45; car1 + pool2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for car-pool

  • Most of those which had been rented for the day had been returned to the car-pool garages.

    Expediter|Dallas McCord Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for car-pool


/ (ˈkɑːˌpuːl) /

verb, noun

another term for carshare
Derived Formscarpooling, noun

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Word Origin and History for car-pool



also carpool, 1942, American English, from car + pool (n.2). As a verb from 1962. Related: Carpooled; carpooling.

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