[ street-kahr ]
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  1. a public vehicle running regularly along certain streets, usually on rails, as a trolley car or trolley bus.

Origin of streetcar

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; street + car1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use streetcar in a sentence

  • A passenger who stands on a platform or on the steps of a street car, when there is room inside, assumes all the risks himself.

  • The girls announced that they should ride back, and they walked over and took a Third Street car.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • A street car landed him within two blocks of the address on the tag, and Bud walked through thickening fog and dusk to the place.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • A street car slipped past, bobbing down the track like a duck sailing over ripples.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • Keeping sharp lookout for skidding cars and unexpected pedestrians and street-car crossings and the like fully occupied Bud.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for streetcar


/ (ˈstriːtˌkɑː) /

  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 wire: Also called: trolley car, (esp Brit) tram, tramcar

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