au·to·mo·bile | \ˈȯ-tə-mō-ˌbēl, ˌȯ-tə-mō-ˈbēl, ˌȯ-tə-ˈmō-ˌbēl \

Definition of automobile 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually four-wheeled automotive vehicle designed for passenger transportation



Definition of automobile (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from automobile


automobile intransitive verb
automobilist \-ˈbē-list, -ˌbē- \ noun

Synonyms for automobile

Synonyms: Noun

auto, bus, car, horseless carriage, machine, motor, motor vehicle, motorcar, wheels [slang]

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Examples of automobile in a Sentence


He drives an expensive automobile. browsed the classified ads for used automobiles for sale

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Netherlands is part of the European Union, which has been involved in a trade dispute with Trump over the automobile imports. Ken Thomas, The Seattle Times, "Trump issues WTO warning in meeting with Dutch leader," 3 July 2018 The Trump administration has used the law to impose sweeping tariffs on metal imports from around the world and proposed similar measures on automobile imports. New York Times,, "US strikes deal to lift sanctions on China’s ZTE," 7 June 2018 Canada’s trade deficit unexpectedly widened to a record in March as a surge in automobile imports outpaced a rebound for the nation’s exporters. Theophilos Argitis,, "Canada Posts Its Biggest Trade Deficit Ever," 3 May 2018 The Waukesha site was established in 1906 as a repair shop for automobiles. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GE selling distributed power unit, which includes Waukesha site, for $3.25 billion," 25 June 2018 Others blamed the Amish for driving buggies on roads designed for automobiles. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "83-year-old woman’s crash with Amish buggy renews calls for retesting older drivers," 7 June 2018 President Trump is hosting a roundtable with auto CEOs at the White House Friday, as the administration looks to roll back environmental regulations for automobiles. CBS News, "Trump says he has confidence in Pruitt, in roundtable with auto CEOs," 11 May 2018 That bowling ball test Trump made up is likely an attempt to reference Japan's strict regulatory inspection process for automobiles. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "6 Weird and Worrying Moments From Trump’s Missouri Fundraising Speech," 15 Mar. 2018 What to expect: Look for the three countries to find common ground on how often the trade deal will be renewed and rules of origin for automobiles. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "As Donald Trump Flirts With Trade Wars, These Are the Deals to Watch," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of automobile


1881, in the meaning defined above


1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for automobile


see automobile entry 2


French, from aut- + mobile

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The first known use of automobile was in 1876

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English Language Learners Definition of automobile

: a vehicle used for carrying passengers on streets and roads


au·to·mo·bile | \ˌȯ-tə-mō-ˈbēl, ˈȯ-tə-mō-ˌbēl\

Kids Definition of automobile

: a usually four-wheeled vehicle that runs on its own power and is designed to carry passengers

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