[ kahr ]
/ kɑr /


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 car

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


car·less, adjective

Definition for car (2 of 4)

[ kahr ]
/ kɑr /

adjective Chiefly Scot.

Origin of car

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

Definition for car (3 of 4)


computer-assisted retrieval.

Origin of CAR

First recorded in 1980–85

Definition for car (4 of 4)


carat; carats. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for car (1 of 2)

/ (kɑː) /


  1. 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
  2. (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

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

compound annual return
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