common carrier

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  1. Transportation. (in federal regulatory and other legal usage) a carrier offering its services at published rates to all persons for interstate transportation.

  2. a public service or public utility company, as a telephone or telegraph company, engaged in the transmitting of messages for the public.

Other words from common carrier

  • com·mon-car·ri·er, adjective
  • common carriage, noun

Words Nearby common carrier Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use common carrier in a sentence

  • They intend to make the lightning a domestic slave in every house, and to turn Ariel into a common carrier.

    The Mark Of Cain | Andrew Lang
  • That's common-carrier while the Fair Grounds isn't running up there.

    The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
  • That's common carrier too, but with one terminal in Mob Territory.

    The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
  • We don't make any profit on common-carrier service, the rates are too low, but we owe it to the public that supports us.

    The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth

British Dictionary definitions for common carrier

common carrier

  1. a person or firm engaged in the business of transporting goods or passengers

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Cultural definitions for common carrier

common carrier

A company or individual providing public transportation on a regular basis in return for a fee that is uniformly charged to all users.

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