[ kahr ]
/ kɑr /
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.
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Origin of car1
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
OTHER WORDS FROM carcarless, adjective
Definition for car (2 of 4)
Origin of car2
1375–1425; Middle English (Scots ) <Scots Gaelic cearr
Definition for car (3 of 4)
Origin of CAR
First recorded in 1980–85
Definition for car (4 of 4)
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Example sentences from the Web for car
Carrer did well in the limit which he assigned himself, but his range was circumscribed.Modern Italian Poets|William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for car (1 of 2)
/ (kɑː) /
- 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
- (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)
compound annual return
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