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  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

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
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Examples from the Web for carless

Historical Examples of carless

  • The first to open the work there was a Mr. Carless, a clergyman of the Church of England.

    Behind the Veil in Persia and Turkish Arabia

    M. E. Hume-Griffith

  • "And he was not half a bad sort, the governor," said Carless, shutting up the day-book.

    Mortomley's Estate, Vol. III (of 3)

    Charlotte Elizabeth Lawson Cowan Riddell

  • "And he is gone to a land with which we have no extradition treaty," observed Carless, as Mr. Forde banged the door behind him.

    Mortomley's Estate, Vol. III (of 3)

    Charlotte Elizabeth Lawson Cowan Riddell

British Dictionary definitions for carless


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



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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