common carrier


Transportation. (in federal regulatory and other legal usage) a carrier offering its services at published rates to all persons for interstate transportation.
a public service or public utility company, as a telephone or telegraph company, engaged in the transmitting of messages for the public.



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OTHER WORDS FROM common carrier

com·mon-car·ri·er, adjectivecommon carriage, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for common carrier

  • That's common-carrier while the Fair Grounds isn't running up there.

    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
  • As early as 1732 some common-carrier lines had wagons which would carry a few passengers.

    Home Life in Colonial Days|Alice Morse Earle

British Dictionary definitions for common carrier

common carrier


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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