Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


All this Robert thought over as he was riding in the cars to the city.

There was now but "one wide river to cross," and the cars rolled on to the bridge.

You must travel on the cars, but what are cars without rails?

When the cars were passing, he appeared throwing turf at the mark.

Cars, costumes, banners and decorations were all designed by this imp of ten.

It was of one piece with cars going by the house, and two maid-servants to correct.

Cars—hundreds of cars—from the highway—they're coming along the road.

She waved her hand, as she set out for a corner where the cars stopped.

Sam taught me how to climb on the cars and how to swing off while they were going.

With national ownership a sufficiency of cars would be provided.


c.1300, "wheeled vehicle," from Anglo-French carre, Old North French carre, from Vulgar Latin *carra, related to Latin carrum, carrus (plural carra), originally "two-wheeled Celtic war chariot," from Gaulish karros, a Celtic word (cf. Old Irish and Welsh carr "cart, wagon," Breton karr "chariot"), from PIE *krsos, from root *kers- "to run" (see current (adj.)).

"From 16th to 19th c. chiefly poetic, with associations of dignity, solemnity, or splendour ..." [OED]. Used in U.S. of railway carriages by 1826; extension to "automobile" is by 1896. Car bomb first 1972, in reference to Northern Ireland. The Latin word also is the source of Italian and Spanish carro, French char.