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Topic: MOTOR VEHICLES

Sense: 1-3
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: COMPACT1
Sense: 4
Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: compactum, from compacisci 'to make an agreement', from com- ( COM-) + pacisci 'to contract'

compact

2 noun
     
com‧pact2 [countable]
1DCB a small flat container with a mirror, containing powder for a woman's face
2 a compact camera
3 American EnglishTTC a small car
4 formal an agreement between countries or people:
A compact was negotiated between the company and the union.
WORD FOCUS: car WORD FOCUS: car
big cars: limousine, people carrier British English, gas-guzzler AmE informal, estate car British English

small cars: compact American English, hatchback British English

other types of car: pickup, van, saloon British English/sedan American English, sports car, convertible, SUV American English, off-roader, four-wheel drive/4x4

where you park your car: garage, car park British English/parking lot American English, multi-storey car park British English, parking space, carport

someone who drives a car: driver, motorist, learner driver

someone who drives a rich or important person's car for them: chauffeur, driver


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car
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