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[moh-ter-kahr] /ˈmoʊ tərˌkɑr/
Chiefly British. an automobile.
Railroads. a self-propelled car for freight or passengers.
Origin of motorcar
1885-90, Americanism; motor + car1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The motorcar, fortunately, had neither injured itself nor anyone else.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
  • As he spoke, the gates were opened and a motorcar drove through.

    Two Daring Young Patriots W. P. Shervill
  • Then a motorcar arrived, and two gentlemen stepped out and stared at us, and one suddenly burst out laughing.

    Afoot in England W.H. Hudson
  • No farmhouse was in sight to which the motorcar might have gone.

    The Secret Wireless Lewis E. Theiss
  • To pack a man in a trunk and pitch him on the top of a motorcar!

    The Crystal Stopper Maurice LeBlanc
  • They all waved aprons and caps until the motorcar was out of sight.

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Alice B. Emerson
  • And I'd give you a motorcar of your own to get about in and pay your visits; and there are good stables if you want to ride.

    The Honour of the Clintons Archibald Marshall
  • And sympathy applied to life is like the gasoline in a motorcar, I think.

    Phyllis Maria Thompson Daviess
British Dictionary definitions for motorcar


a more formal word for car (sense 1)
a self-propelled electric railway car
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for motorcar

also motor-car, 1895 from motor (n.) + car.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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