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

Origin of carfare

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; car1 + fare Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carfare

Historical Examples of carfare

  • She can't do it, and buy food and clothes, and pay room-rent and carfare.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Her expenses will also include a telephone, carfare, printed cards, and so on.

    The Canadian Girl at Work

    Marjory MacMurchy

  • "For laundry and carfare and doctor's bills," said Miss Toland unsympathetically.

  • Instead of keeping the sixteen dollars for your carfare and incidentals and such?


    George Madden Martin

  • She explained to me that she would give me carfare but was not allowed to do so.


    Edwin A. Brown

British Dictionary definitions for carfare



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