Definition of common carrier in US English:

common carrier


  • 1A person or company that transports goods or passengers on regular routes at set rates.

    • ‘This definition expands to include delegations to railroads, turnpike companies, and the like, because these are common carriers that must serve the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.’
    • ‘If competition exists in delivery systems, then we ought not regulate these systems as common carriers.’
    • ‘In the United States today, common carrier and private trucking fleets transport about two-thirds of all freight tonnage and, thus, play a critical role in the economy.’
    • ‘Where horse use did persist was for elite vehicles, for common carriers and for certain kinds of freight.’
    • ‘The tariff for the common carrier will also be approved by the government.’
    • ‘Interstate transportation by a common carrier also may require it.’
    • ‘If you are flying to this event, we will be able to receive your products or equipment by common carrier earlier in the week.’
    • ‘The policy covers accident while commuting between home and place of work, driving or riding in public or private vehicles, or while traveling as a passenger in a common carrier anywhere in the world.’
    • ‘As long as they were properly labeled they could be sent by any common carrier so we used Federal Express and that is so cheap compared to the above costs that I'm not even sure that we remembered to charge the customer for it.’
    • ‘One is the Sierra Railroad, still a freight-hauling common carrier, which operates between Oakdale and Standard, where Sierra Pacific Industries operates a major wood products plant.’
    • ‘The carriage of passengers by common carriers is governed by their tariffs, filed with the government.’
    • ‘Finally, local common carriers came into being for the express purpose of transport of shipments from the rail yard to the end user location.’
    • ‘The first horse-powered common carriers operating on American city streets were omnibuses.’
    • ‘The agricultural districts of the coastal plain of north Northumberland were also well served by common carriers.’
    • ‘In 1830 the Liverpool-Manchester railway was the first designed specifically for steam locomotives as a common carrier.’
    1. 1.1North American A company providing public telecommunications facilities.
      • ‘If these services are deemed a telecommunications service, he says, then cable operators must abide by the rules that govern common carriers.’
      • ‘Not until 1910 would Congress find the political brain and muscle to pass the amendments to the Interstate Commerce Act that defined telegraph and telephone companies as common carriers required to send messages for any paying customer.’
      • ‘Traditional telephone networks were required, because of their status as common carriers, to provide their service to all potential customers who could pay the approved tariffs.’


common carrier

/ˈkämən ˈˌkerēər/