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restaurant car

noun, British
Origin of restaurant car
1870-1875
1870-75

dining car

or (especially British) restaurant car

noun
1.
a railroad car equipped with tables and chairs, in which meals are served.
Also called diner.
Origin
1830-40, Americanism
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  • The ordinary reader, coming across a certain kind of thin line, lightly dismisses it as a misprint or a restaurant car on Fridays.

  • It was early in the morning when the two met again in the restaurant car.

  • They took breakfast at the table near to mine in the restaurant car, and I could scarcely help overhearing what they were saying.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • This was the "dinner from a restaurant car" that Dr Schmidt had told me about!

    Wounded and a Prisoner of War Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
  • "Farther away from the restaurant car," added her companion, and she thanked him with a glance for his shrewdness.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • When the train ran into Bologna Station, they were still in the restaurant car.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • When he had done he went into the restaurant car and dined almost gaily.

    The Great God Success John Graham (David Graham Phillips)
  • Alongside it ran the brown panels and gold lettering of a German restaurant car.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • A waiter entered the compartment, announcing in unexpected English that dinner was served in the restaurant car.

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • And at six in the evening I was receiving the last of my many instructions through a window of the restaurant car.

    A Thief in the Night E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for restaurant car

restaurant car

noun
1.
(Brit) a railway coach in which meals are served Also called dining car

dining car

noun
1.
a railway coach in which meals are served at tables Also called restaurant car
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