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

Examples of autobahn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the many Germans who have not yet been vaccinated, the key to COVID freedom has come from the end of a nasal swab, and rapid-test centers have multiplied at a speed usually reserved for the country’s autobahn., 9 June 2021 Take, for example, Germany’s recent attempt at introducing a toll system on the autobahn that only applied to non-Germans, which was predictably nixed by the EU courts. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2021 Over the border in Germany, the days of screaming down the autobahn at 200kph could be over, if the Greens end up in government and introduce a speed limit. The Economist, 20 Feb. 2021 On an empty autobahn, 110 mph is a comfortable cruising speed. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, 11 Nov. 2020 Who hasn't thought about a dream vacation to Germany to drive on the autobahn, see the Nürburgring, and visit the museums and factories of major automakers such as Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen? Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, 21 June 2020 Earlier this year officials rejected attempts by campaigners to mandate a speed limit on the autobahn. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2019 Daniel Acker/Bloomberg The federal government is poised this month to adopt a rule that would essentially turn the largest pork processing lines in the United States into the autobahn: no speed limit. Julie Creswell, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2019 Top speed in the Porsche Taycan electric sport sedan arrives with very little fuss on Germany's autobahn. Wired, 28 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of autobahn was in 1934

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12 Jun 2021

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“Autobahn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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