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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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 Whereas cars were once created for precision cruising at 110 m.p.h. on the German autobahn, today they are designed to sooth drivers navigating the maddening stop-start traffic of Beijing. Time, "Beneath the Glitz of a Ford Automobile Launch in China, Fears of a Trade War Remain," 12 Apr. 2018 With electric cars likely to displace Germany’s autobahn cruisers, the expertise accumulated in scores of places like Homburg could soon be obsolete., "The Town on the Front Lines of Germany’s Battle to Preserve its Industrial Future," 28 Mar. 2018 These include regulations against stopping on the autobahn (Germany), jumping into city fountains (Italy), chewing gum (Singapore), driving in flip-flops (Spain) and insulting the royal family (Thailand). Christopher Elliott,, "Be aware of laws while traveling, or you'll court trouble," 26 Mar. 2018 The road to eurozone renewal envisioned by French President Emmanuel Macron won’t be a speedy autobahn. William Horobin, WSJ, "France, Germany Seek to Overcome Differences on Eurozone," 16 Mar. 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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