[ kahr-fair ]

  1. the amount charged for a ride on a subway, streetcar, bus, etc.

Origin of carfare

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; car1 + fare

Words Nearby carfare Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use carfare in a sentence

  • So small a matter as carfare will make a girl thrust herself on a young man's care.

    The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts
  • "I wouldn't do that—yet," said Quin, who had begun to walk to the factory to save carfare.

    Quin | Alice Hegan Rice
  • Her expenses will also include a telephone, carfare, printed cards, and so on.

    The Canadian Girl at Work | Marjory MacMurchy
  • It was fifteen minutes' walk from the store, and by taking this walk twice a day she saved carfare and the price of luncheon.

    Making Both Ends Meet | Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
  • The room was within walking distance of the store, so that she spent nothing for carfare.

    Making Both Ends Meet | Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt

British Dictionary definitions for carfare


/ (ˈkɑːˌfɛə) /

  1. US and Canadian the fare that a passenger is charged for a ride on a bus, etc

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