Definition of trolley car in US English:

trolley car


  • A passenger vehicle powered by electricity obtained from an overhead cable by means of a trolley wheel.

    Also called streetcar
    • ‘A tourist trolley car was the only operating piece of equipment this day, and they were using the old train depot on the north side of the property for all boardings.’
    • ‘Every time I had a chance and a dime for the roundtrip trolley car fare, I went to LaGuardia Airport.’
    • ‘At the age of 18 Frida is the victim of a horrific trolley car accident, which leaves her crippled and in debilitating pain for the rest of her life.’
    • ‘It could easily be reached by trolley car and all sides of the camp could be easily seen from the outside.’
    • ‘Before Japan colonized Korea in 1910, Seoul was the first city in east Asia to have electricity, trolley cars, a water system, telephones, and telegraphs.’
    • ‘With a trolley car stop in front of the bar and a Long Island Rail Road stop behind it, the bar and grill was ‘a very busy little place’.’
    • ‘In 1925, when she was 18, she was riding a bus in Mexico City when it was struck by a trolley car.’
    • ‘While she tried to conserve money by walking rather than riding on trolley cars, she worried about people's perceptions of her frugality.’
    • ‘The background has been completely blacked out, so the trolley car has almost the appearance of a toy, although it is clearly not.’
    • ‘After a gap of 40 years, the trolley car is to return to Shanghai.’
    • ‘Despite the depression, then the outbreak of war, the world he grows up in is idyllically stable and becalmed, ‘a comic strip version of American reality’, with friendly mailmen and clanging trolley cars and peanut-butter crackers.’
    • ‘The speed of the early trolley cars also seemed reassuringly low and until the late 1890s they rarely exceeded 12 m.p.h.’
    • ‘I love the small commercial nodes left behind by the vanished trolley car system - you can tell where the cars used to stop, because there's always some old brick buildings from the 20s crowding the corners.’
    • ‘They would see their transportation evolve from walking and horse power to steam-powered locomotives, to electric trolley cars, to gasoline-powered automobiles.’
    • ‘You will enjoy a trolley car ride to Chinatown or Fisherman's Wharf.’
    • ‘You can almost hear the squealing brakes and clanging bells of the trolley cars outside the courtroom as the crowd swells.’
    • ‘We rode buses, trolley cars, trains, trams, ferries and took a cab to make our way there and back.’
    • ‘Here new mixes with old, and you can rediscover the joy of exploring on foot and riding efficient trolley cars.’


trolley car

/ˈtrɑli kɑr//ˈträlē kär/