automobile

noun
au·​to·​mo·​bile | \ ˈȯ-tə-mō-ˌbēl How to pronounce automobile (audio) , ˌȯ-tə-mō-ˈbēl, ˌȯ-tə-ˈmō-ˌbēl How to pronounce automobile (audio) \

Definition of automobile

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

automobile

adjective

Definition of automobile (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from automobile

Noun

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

Noun

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

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Each of these earlier revolutions is easy to measure in hindsight—tons of steel produced, number of automobiles on the road, the proportion of homes with a PC. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Inside the New Industrial Revolution," 12 Nov. 2018 Countries across the globe charge varying tariffs on certain types of automobiles. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Trump Voters May Be the Biggest Losers From Trump’s Auto Tariffs," 3 July 2018 Germany is the largest European manufacturer of automobiles, though Germany companies have a huge presence in the United States, with large factories in South Carolina and Tennessee. Damian Paletta, Washington Post, "Trump threatens Europe with 20 percent tariffs on auto imports, escalating trade showdown with U.S. allies," 22 June 2018 Micro-transit combines the familiarity of an automobile with the convenience of a frequent bus — i.e., what Via provides for residents like Joan Gomez in West Sacramento. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 Peace Laugh: Francisco Alonso, Cristina Esteban, Andrea Serge, Maria-Luisa Ballestar, Jaime Sanmartin, Constanza Calatayud, and Beatriz Alamar, for measuring the frequency, motivation, and effects of shouting and cursing while driving an automobile. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here are your 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners," 13 Sep. 2018 But there were a number of sticking points, percentage of an automobile, how much would be considered content, U.S. content. Fox News, "Rep. Ed Royce on US relations with Russia, Turkey and Iran; Rep. Devin Nunes on Bruce Ohr and the push to declassify DOJ documents," 12 Aug. 2018 Police said someone got into an unlocked automobile on the 700 block of Lawler Avenue sometime June 21 or June 22 and stole a computer bag with tools inside. Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Wilmette blotter: Burglars use second floor window to enter, ransack house and steal electronic goods," 2 July 2018 Image Donald Ritchie, one of the world’s top ultrarunners, who set more than a dozen records traversing distances better suited to an automobile than a human being, died on June 16 at his home in Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Donald Ritchie, Record-Breaking Ultrarunner, Is Dead at 73," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of automobile

Noun

1881, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for automobile

Adjective and Noun

French, from aut- + mobile

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The first known use of automobile was in 1876

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automobile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of automobile

US : a vehicle used for carrying passengers on streets and roads

automobile

noun
au·​to·​mo·​bile | \ ˌȯ-tə-mō-ˈbēl How to pronounce automobile (audio) , 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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