Definition of car in English:



  • 1A road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people.

    ‘we're going by car’
    [as modifier] ‘a car crash’
    • ‘As dawn approached, police set up checkpoints as part of a plan to ban cars carrying fewer than four people from midtown Manhattan.’
    • ‘Police today have warned Ford Focus owners in East Lancashire to be extra vigilant as their cars are being targeted by car thieves.’
    • ‘These include closing some roads to cars, buses and lorries on Sundays so that people can walk, run and cycle in safety.’
    • ‘The road police examines all cars that come into Moscow and leave it.’
    • ‘It is necessary to move buses on separate lanes, as the impact of one bus on the road is equivalent to that of four cars.’
    • ‘There were old people coming to her premises by car who were not able to park outside her shop because of the taxi ranks.’
    • ‘The only things that existed were Lucy, me, and the sound of the car wheels on the road.’
    • ‘It is difficult to get to by car, the roads are very crowded and it is not always the best drive.’
    • ‘The court heard that early last Wednesday the women pulled up at traffic lights in front of a police vehicle and left their cars blocking the road.’
    • ‘The city council is flexing its muscles after becoming the first local authority in the north west with the power to tow away cars without valid road tax.’
    • ‘While a caller was reporting the first incident, a second crash involving four cars happened on the northbound carriageway.’
    • ‘The highway roads carry cars and trucks from the suburbs into the city.’
    • ‘Crowds elsewhere in the city threw stones at police and blocked roads with cars and buses.’
    • ‘Residents of a treacherous road where 13 cars have crashed into a single home are petitioning to reduce speed in the area.’
    • ‘The equation is very simple - high powered cars on poor quality roads is not a recipe for success.’
    • ‘For moving freight, and people travelling with heavy loads or equipment, we need road space for cars and commercial vehicles.’
    • ‘An elderly man involved in a car crash four days ago died yesterday in hospital.’
    • ‘I have frequently been squeezed into the kerb by car drivers who think that two wheels plus four, will fit.’
    • ‘I was able to drive the cars on both the roads around Atlanta and at the track at Road Atlanta Raceway.’
    • ‘If an innkeeper who keeps a public house provides a car park, he invites those members of the public who find it convenient to come by car to leave their cars in that car park.’
    motor car, automobile, motor, machine
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    1. 1.1A railroad vehicle for passengers or freight.
      ‘the first-class cars’
      • ‘On the return trip the empty cars are handled like any other freight car in captive service.’
      • ‘I was also amazed to find that the items from the diner car were not so bad at all!’
      • ‘When No.4 arrived from Cincinnati, three mail storage cars were removed from the train.’
      • ‘Twelve tons would have been the maximum capacity for one of these coal cars.’
      • ‘We have our own dining car so, let's meet in there about half an hour after we board.’
      • ‘First-class cars included a pit toilet that opened on the tracks passing below.’
      • ‘She was switching standard gauge cars without any kind of idler car on the three rail track.’
      • ‘Nine cars of a coal train derailed early Tuesday about 13 miles east of Gillette, Wyoming.’
      • ‘It used mules to haul two ore cars and a flatcar one and a half miles between its mill at the foot of the mountains and its mine.’
      • ‘Amtrak has sold its mail cars and is getting improved dispatching from the Union Pacific Railroad.’
      • ‘This morning the Jasper Red Leaf coaches are on the front and our dome car is on the rear.’
      • ‘The Newark stop took 7 minutes and I noticed a forklift truck at one of the mail cars.’
      • ‘Our train consists of six coach class cars, a cafe car, and one business class car.’
      • ‘The brewery receives covered hopper cars of grain, rice, hops, and an occasional car of carbon dioxide.’
      carriage, coach
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    2. 1.2The passenger compartment of an elevator, cableway, airship, or balloon.
      • ‘The Cableway will extend its operational hours weather permitting: the last car up will be at 23h00 and the last car down will be at 01h00.’
      • ‘They soon arrived at the lift, and the car arrived within ten seconds of keying for it.’
      • ‘The car-free village of Bettmeralp which is only accessible by a large-car cableway is located in the immediate vicinity of the impressive Aletsch Glacier.’
      • ‘He had used the ring to get an express elevator car to the top of the Letap Center.’
      • ‘On the 26th of November, the balloon, fitted with its network, and having the car attached to it, was sent away from the hall of the Tuileries.’
    3. 1.3literary A chariot.
      • ‘And then Krishna and Arjuna, seated on the same car (chariot), blew their celestial conches.’
      • ‘Their armour shone like a flame of blazing fire as they stood in their car: their swift horses struck the earth and pawed it with their hoofs, and the dust rose like smoke about them.’
      • ‘Classical Latin poets also used Phoebus as a byname for the sun-god, whence come common references in later European poetry to Phoebus and his car("chariot") as a metaphor for the sun.’


Late Middle English (in the general sense wheeled vehicle): from Old Northern French carre, based on Latin carrum, carrus, of Celtic origin.