autocar


autocar
autocar (n.) 1895, from AUTO- (Cf. auto-) + CAR (Cf. car).
Which is it to be? We observe that the London Times has lent the weight of its authority to the word "autocar," which it now prints without the significant inverted commas but with a hyphen, "auto-car." We believe that the vocable originated with a journal called the Hardwareman, which succeeded in obtaining the powerful support of the Engineer for its offspring. As for ourselves, being linguistic purists, we do not care for hybrid constructions--"auto" is Greek, while "car" is Latin and Celtic. At the same time, such clumsy phrases as "horseless carriages," "mechanical road carriages," and "self-propelled vehicles" are not meeting with general favour. Why not therefore adopt the philogically sound "motor-car," which could be run into a single word, "motorcar"? ["The Electrical Engineer," Dec. 20, 1895]

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  • autocar — [ ɔtɔkar; otokar ] n. m. • 1895; mot angl. « voiture (car) qui se meut par elle même (auto ) » ♦ Grand véhicule automobile équipé pour le transport de plusieurs dizaines de personnes. Autocar de ligne régulière, de tourisme. Excursion, voyage en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • autocar — AUTOCÁR, autocare, s.n. Automobil cu caroserie deschisă sau decapotabilă, folosit de obicei la transportul interurban în comun (mai ales în excursii) al unui număr mare de persoane. [pr.: a u ] – Din fr. autocar. Trimis de ana zecheru, 13.09.2007 …   Dicționar Român

  • autocar — sustantivo masculino 1. Autobús de largo recorrido: una excursión en autocar. autocar climatizado. autocar de línea …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • autocar — (Del fr. autocar, de auto y el ingl. car, coche). m. Vehículo automóvil de gran capacidad concebido para el transporte de personas, que generalmente realiza largos recorridos por carretera …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Autocar — Autocar,das:⇨Autobus …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • Autocar — See also Autocar Company and Autocars Co., American and Israeli automobile manufacturers, respectively : see Otokar for the Turkish automobile manufacturer Autocar is a weekly British automobile magazine published by Haymarket Motoring… …   Wikipedia

  • Autocar —  Pour l’article homophone, voir ottokar. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « autocar », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Un autocar, aussi appelé car, est un moyen de transport routier pouvant accueillir plusieurs …   Wikipédia en Français

  • autocar — (De auto + ingl. car, vagón.) ► sustantivo masculino Automóvil de gran capacidad destinado al transporte de viajeros. SINÓNIMO autobús * * * autocar (del fr. «autocar», de «auto» y el ingl. «car») m. *Automóvil con asientos para muchas personas… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Autocar — Au|to|car 〈m. 6; schweiz.〉 Ausflugsomnibus, Autobus für Gesellschaftsreisen [verkürzt <Automobil + engl. car „Wagen“] * * * Au|to|car, der [frz. autocar, zu: auto(mobile) u. engl. car = (Kraft)wagen] (schweiz.): Omnibus für Gesellschaftsreisen …   Universal-Lexikon

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