Origin of streetcar

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; street + car1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for street-car

Historical Examples of street-car

  • He had ridden to the end of the street-car line, and started his walk from there.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He pondered it on his way back to the street-car, as he struggled against the wind.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But I'm getting homesick to see a street-car and a—a policeman!

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • Not any better than her mistress, however, who at this moment was hailing a street-car.

  • On and on the street-car rumbled; one by one the workmen brushed by her and got out.

    In the Border Country

    Josephine Daskam Bacon

British Dictionary definitions for street-car


  1. US and Canadian an electrically driven public transport vehicle that runs on rails let into the surface of the road, power usually being taken from an overhead wireAlso called: trolley car, (esp Brit) tram, tramcar
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Word Origin and History for street-car

1859, from street (n.) + car (n.).

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