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[street-kahr] /ˈstritˌkɑr/
a public vehicle running regularly along certain streets, usually on rails, as a trolley car or trolley bus.
Origin of streetcar
1860-65, Americanism; street + car1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • How I acted on the streetcar, or traversed the five blocks from the end of the line, I couldn't say.

    Micro-Man Forrest James Ackerman
  • Well, it's only a drizzle and we can take a streetcar to within a block of the house.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • The streets of these towns were crowded with traffic and streetcar lines are numerous.

  • Coming out on the streetcar she had not had the least dread of meeting Frank.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • He had been a driver on a streetcar, but had recently been dismissed for insolence to passengers and brutality to his horses.

British Dictionary definitions for streetcar


(US & Canadian) an electrically driven public transport vehicle that runs on rails let into the surface of the road, power usually being taken from an overhead wire Also called trolley car, (esp Brit) tram, tramcar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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