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Origin of streetcar

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

Related Words for streetcar

trolley, car, streetcar, gondola, tram

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British Dictionary definitions for streetcar


  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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