Learn English – Why do we refer to car manufacturer as ‘Make’

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When I first encountered it years ago, I was pretty sure it must be a mistake. Although I got used to it, it still does not feel right.

What is the reason for that? Is it something specific to the automobile industry? Are there (maybe) historical reasons for it?

Best Answer

Make as in car make is not a recent innovation derived from the verb, as one is tempted to believe, but is based on the definition "the manner in which a thing is made". The OED's earliest attestation for this use of make is dated 1375.