autobahn

noun
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 Earlier this year officials rejected attempts by campaigners to mandate a speed limit on the autobahn. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Germany is Having an Existential Crisis About Cars," 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, "How Many Hogs Can Be Slaughtered Per Hour? Pork Industry Wants More," 9 Aug. 2019 Top speed in the Porsche Taycan electric sport sedan arrives with very little fuss on Germany's autobahn. Wired, "Porsche's Taycan Is the Best Electric Car $150,000 Can Buy," 28 Sep. 2019 In fact, the autobahn might be a better comparison. Jeff Storey, Fortune, "5G’s side streets will be empty without fiber’s interstate," 19 Jan. 2020 His challenge now will be to reenter the NHL autobahn at midseason from a standing start. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Bruins coach Rick Bowness is not done yet," 11 Jan. 2020 Visitors to Germany quickly learn the thrill, or terror, of autobahn driving. The Economist, "German Greens push for speed limits," 21 Oct. 2019 The northbound lanes of the A14 were temporarily shut down, but photos from the scene indicate hot chocolate didn’t spill onto the autobahn. Washington Post, "Hot chocolate: 17 tons of cocoa burns on German highway," 15 July 2019 On the autobahn, who can resist stomping the accelerator? Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Can Kauai be saved from its own success?," 15 Aug. 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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“Autobahn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autobahn. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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