au·​to·​cross ˈȯ-tō-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce autocross (audio)
: an automobile gymkhana

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As part of the day’s drive with the Ariya, Nissan took us to Sonoma Raceway and set up a small autocross course outlined with orange cones. Roberto Baldwin, The Verge, 20 Mar. 2023 To show off these capabilities, Nissan set up a small autocross course, including a spot where we were instructed to floor the accelerator with the wheel turned hard to the left—generally not good driving practice. Stephen Edelstein, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2023 The events include exhibitions, cruises and a competitive autocross series. Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2022 Its 40,000-mile test has only just begun, and the Civic Si has already competed in its first autocross and traveled to an IMSA Endurance Cup race. Marc Urbano, Car and Driver, 22 July 2022 With fully defeatable stability control and the optional electronically locking differential, the 230i would be blast on an autocross course. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 31 May 2022 So far, that's meant driving to Florida for an IMSA Endurance Cup race at Sebring and brushing against cones at an SCCA autocross event. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 12 May 2022 Whether on the autocross course or road course, BRZ inspires confidence. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 Even though the ML55 AMG is bound to lose to a Lexus GS400 and a BMW 5-series if challenged at an autocross, the ML55 is still an excellent combination of performance. Bradley Nevin, Car and Driver, 3 June 2020 See More

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Word History


auto + motocross

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autocross was in 1956

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Cite this Entry

“Autocross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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