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

Definition of automobile 

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: 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

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While automobiles have been slowing in recent months, a broader range of consumer products—such as stationary and jewelry—also slowed sharply. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Global Economy Shows Strain as U.S. Steams Ahead," 14 Nov. 2018 But negotiations have sputtered as the countries remain deeply divided on several important issues, like the rules for automobile manufacturing. New York Times, "White House to Impose Metal Tariffs on Key U.S. Allies, Risking Retaliation," 31 May 2018 The advent of automobiles and motorcycles ended the great bicycle boom of the 1890s, shuttering bicycle manufacturers and drying up sponsorship dollars. Kate Siber, Outside Online, "This Seamstress Conquered Bike Racing in the 1890s," 31 May 2018 In many cases, probably the majority, those jobs were lost to automation and not the outsourcing of automobile manufacturing. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Getting Mileage Out of Jobs," 26 May 2018 The bridge had a number of flaws, local station WQAD reports, as it was built at a time when automobiles were smaller and had a narrow roadway that was not ideal for today’s cars and trucks. Aric Jenkins, Time, "Watch This Bridge Over the Mississippi River Implode Into a Cloud of Smoke," 9 Mar. 2018 By 1905, automobiles were replacing horses nationwide. Patrick Cooke, WSJ, "‘Fins’ Review: Chrome-Age Technology," 16 Nov. 2018 The Dahomey kingdom in the Republic of Benin, meanwhile, introduced status in a different way, including representations of such coveted objects as automobiles and armaments in their early 20th century silver jewels. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A History of Jewelry Debuts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Latest Exhibition, The Body Transformed," 8 Nov. 2018 These individuals really put their suitcases and travel packs through the ringer — lugging around hundreds of pounds of makeup or two dozen styling tools all over the world on planes, trains, and automobiles. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Makeup Artist Daniel Martin Launches a Genius Travel Makeup Bag With Cuyana," 1 Nov. 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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