coal car

  1. a railroad car designed to carry coal.

  2. a car for hauling coal in or from a mine.

Origin of coal car

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60

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

How to use coal car in a sentence

  • Seeing the men collected in such numbers around a coal car, they approached, and heard the last half of this inflammatory speech.

    The Fat of the Land | John Williams Streeter
  • But the boys were not so successful as they had hoped to be in boarding the train and were able to get into only an open coal-car.

  • So when it wanted to puff smoke and go fast it told its engineer and he put some coal in the coal car.

    Here and Now Story Book | Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • To ride a coal car to safety, without a single man pursuing him—to where?

    Consignment | Alan E. Nourse
  • All we've got to do is to dig trenches on each side of our coal car tracks and let the water run out by force of gravitation.

    Camp Venture | George Cary Eggleston