motorcar

[moh-ter-kahr]

noun

Chiefly British. an automobile.
Railroads. a self-propelled car for freight or passengers.

Nearby words

  1. motorbike,
  2. motorboat,
  3. motorboating,
  4. motorbus,
  5. motorcade,
  6. motorcoach,
  7. motorcycle,
  8. motorcyclist,
  9. motordrome,
  10. motored

Origin of motorcar

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; motor + car1

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British Dictionary definitions for motorcar

motorcar

noun

a more formal word for car (def. 1)
a self-propelled electric railway car
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Word Origin and History for motorcar

motorcar

n.

also motor-car, 1895 from motor (n.) + car.

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