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 Think more about road trips with the occasional blast away from a toll booth, or a brief top-speed run on the autobahn. Wired, 4 Aug. 2022 If electric Vmax runs on an autobahn are your thing, look at the Porsche Taycan, a plaid Tesla, or even BMW's own i4 M50. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 24 May 2022 Barreling down speed-limitless sections of an autobahn is a less relevant test for most of our audience. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 24 May 2022 Historians have pointed out, including in local news outlets on Thursday, that Torres’s comments are based on a myth — propagated by the Nazis — that Hitler was responsible for inventing Germany’s famous autobahn highway system. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 After coal there was exhausted, digging began on the other side of the autobahn at Garzweiler II in 2006, with plans to displace another dozen communities and thousands of residents. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 Don’t even think about taking that Maserati off road, but wow does that car move on the autobahn. Alison Escalante, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Here's another reason to exit the autobahn and abandon the Audi -- Germany's forests, mountains, rivers and coasts are home to 200,000 kilometers of hiking trails. Marcel Krueger, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 The road between the German autobahn and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tiny hometown is flanked with a canopy of trees. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Autobahn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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