Definition of car in English:


Syllabification: car
Pronunciation: /kär


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
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • As dawn approached, police set up checkpoints as part of a plan to ban cars carrying fewer than four people from midtown Manhattan.
  • The highway roads carry cars and trucks from the suburbs into the city.
1.1A railroad vehicle for passengers or freight: the first-class cars
More example sentences
  • She was switching standard gauge cars without any kind of idler car on the three rail track.
  • Our train consists of six coach class cars, a cafe car, and one business class car.
  • 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.
1.2The passenger compartment of an elevator, cableway, airship, or balloon.
More example sentences
  • They soon arrived at the lift, and the car arrived within ten seconds of keying for it.
  • He had used the ring to get an express elevator car to the top of the Letap Center.
  • 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.
1.3 literary A chariot.
More example sentences
  • And then Krishna and Arjuna, seated on the same car (chariot), blew their celestial conches.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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



Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/
noun (plural carfuls)
More example sentences
  • I think that would only happen with certain carfuls of people.
  • I brought another carful of stuff over here today - including all my CDs, something I was dreading doing for some reason, so this place gets more and more like my place.
  • A carful of teenagers, high on something, zoomed by, a sudden blast of raucous laughter shattering the warm peace of the night.

Definition of car in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day demoralize
Pronunciation: dɪˈmɒrəlʌɪz
cause (someone) to lose confidence or hope