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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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Examples from the web for streetcar
  • The invention of the streetcar made it possible for residents to commute from their homes to their city jobs.
  • Drinking-house shinplasters and five-cent streetcar tickets served as small change.
  • In the summer you can tour the town in a horse-drawn streetcar.
  • We ate lunch nearby and sat at a window to watch people get on and off the streetcar.
  • He cut off ties with his parents and took a series of menial jobs while pursuing his hobby of collecting streetcar transfers.
  • Until five years ago, a ride on a bus or streetcar was only fifteen cents.
  • They had taken a streetcar and filled it with dynamite and rolled it down the hill near our house.
  • Officials are even studying a project to build a streetcar system.
  • The transit package includes a five to six mile rail-based streetcar.
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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