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dining car

a railroad car equipped with tables and chairs, in which meals are served.
Also, especially British, restaurant car.
Also called diner.
Origin of dining car
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Also, Pete intimated that there was a good chance of prevailing upon the dining-car conductor to throw off a chunk of ice.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • She had liked the Pullman and the dining-car and the Boston hotel.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I asked for broiled chicken, and I was told by the waiter and later by the dining-car conductor that there was no broiled chicken.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • "First call to dinner in the dining-car," he boomed out in a heavy bass.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • Almost before he knew it, the waiter came through announcing lunch, and the Hortons went into the dining-car.

    Sunny Boy in the Big City Ramy Allison White
  • To the front were a baggage and a dining-car and to the rear an observation car.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • Pictures of houses at Brighton and the dining-car of some train and two public-houses at the bottom of a hill stared at her.

    The Duchess of Wrexe Hugh Walpole
  • The porter ran forward to the dining-car for the ammunition.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • He dragged his stiff legs into the dining-car at Stuttgart and shoved them under a table.

    The Husbands of Edith George Barr McCutcheon
  • The food in the dining-car was quite good, but by no means cheap.

British Dictionary definitions for dining-car

dining car

a railway coach in which meals are served at tables Also called restaurant car
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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