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For the gym bag, see Holdall. For other styles of bag, see Messenger bag. For the fictional vehicle referenced in the Dune series, see Carryall (Dune).
1963 Dodge Town Wagon carryall

Historically, a carryall is a type of carriage used in the United States in the 19th century. It is a light, four-wheeled vehicle, usually drawn by a single horse and with seats for four or more passengers.[1] The word is derived by folk etymology from the French carriole.[2]

The name carryall was later used for a passenger automobile having a closed body and two facing seats along the sides[citation needed]. More recently, automobile manufacturers have employed the term for what were later called sport utility vehicles. These vehicles had panel truck bodies with side windows and removable rear seats.[3] The Chevrolet Suburban SUV was once known as the Carryall Suburban.

In Canada, the term "carryall" is often also used to refer to a type of sleigh. It is about 4 m (13 ft) long and 0.5 m (1.5 ft) wide, fitted with a canvas or hide container. It is pulled by dogs or a snowmobile. It is used principally by trappers and hunters to transport people and goods.[4]

The term is also used for a carrier with a scraperlike self-loading device drawn by a tractor, pushed by a bulldozer or self-propelled. It is used especially for hauling earth and crushed rock[citation needed]. Similarly in agricultural parlance it is often used to describe a platform device mounted to the rear three point linkage of smaller tractors for carrying materials particularly tools or stock feed.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ 1918 edition of The Encyclopedia Americana: a library of universal knowledge, Volume 5
  2. ^ Definition of CARRYALL, "by folk etymology from French carriole, from Old Occitan carriola, ultimately from Latin carrus car," Merriam-Webster
  3. ^ Definition of Carryall truck, Federal Supply Class 2320[permanent dead link], "A truck with a panel type body having windows and folding and/or removable seats designed to transport supplies and/or equipment and personnel."
  4. ^ Bush Land Terminology, definition of carryall toboggan