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car

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[kahr]
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noun
  1. an automobile.
  2. a vehicle running on rails, as a streetcar or railroad car.
  3. the part of an elevator, balloon, modern airship, etc., that carries the passengers, freight, etc.
  4. British Dialect. any wheeled vehicle, as a farm cart or wagon.
  5. Literary. a chariot, as of war or triumph.
  6. Archaic. cart; carriage.
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Origin of car

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1350–1400; Middle English carre < Anglo-French < Late Latin carra (feminine singular), Latin carra, neuter plural of carrum, variant of carrus < Celtic; compare Old Irish carr wheeled vehicle
Related formscar·less, adjective

car

2
[kahr]
adjective Chiefly Scot.
  1. left-handed.
  2. sinister.
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Origin of car

2
1375–1425; Middle English (Scots) < Scots Gaelic cearr

CAR

  1. computer-assisted retrieval.
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Origin of CAR

First recorded in 1980–85

car.

  1. carat; carats.
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Related Words for car

wagon, 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

Historical Examples of car

  • They awoke one morning to find the car on a siding at the One Girl mine.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "Thought it might be some of you folks when I saw the car," said Higbee, shaking hands all around.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • When he set out he meant to reach the car and go back to town at once.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She bowed curtly to Grace and Emma as her car whizzed by them.

  • Running the car into the shadow of a ruined house, I try to sleep.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service


British Dictionary definitions for car

car

noun
    1. 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
    2. (as modifier)car coat
  1. a conveyance for passengers, freight, etc, such as a cable car or the carrier of an airship or balloon
  2. British a railway vehicle for passengers only, such as a sleeping car or buffet car
  3. mainly US and Canadian a railway carriage or van
  4. mainly US the enclosed platform of a lift
  5. a poetic word for chariot
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Word Origin for car

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

CAR

abbreviation for
  1. compound annual return
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Word Origin and History for car

n.

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.

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