au·​to·​bahn | \ ˈȯ-tō-ˌbän How to pronounce autobahn (audio) , ˈau̇- How to pronounce autobahn (audio) \

Definition of autobahn

: a German, Swiss, or Austrian expressway

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In Germany, speed limits were imposed on parts of the autobahn because extreme heat can cause roads to buckle. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "A Heat Wave Tests Europe’s Defenses. Expect More.," 1 July 2019 Parts of Germany have already issued speed restrictions for the autobahn. Umair Irfan, Vox, "105 degrees in France: why Europe is so vulnerable to extreme heat," 27 June 2019 Officials have raised concerns the soaring temperatures will damage autobahns, according to German news media. Linda Givetash, NBC News, "Parisians flock to parks as record-breaking heat scorches Europe," 27 June 2019 Skippy, anxious rhythms alternate with autobahn-driving smoothness. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Hot Chip Hones the Meaning of ‘Ecstasy’," 25 June 2019 Even a stretch of the autobahn near Essen will be closed to diesels. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Lessons of ‘Dieselgate’," 4 Jan. 2019 And once, a refugee who took his bike onto the autobahn. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Bavaria: Affluent, Picturesque — and Angry," 30 June 2018 Their path to the N.B.A. finals was more Appalachian Trail than autobahn. Scott Cacciola, Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "Warriors, in Full Dynasty Mode, Sweep Cavaliers in N.B.A. Finals," 9 June 2018 The second-best cars often feel more harmonious, better balanced, at ease with real life rather than 200-mph autobahn fantasies. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Always Buy the Second-Fastest Car," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of autobahn

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autobahn

German, from Auto + Bahn road

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