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au·​to·​mo·​bile ˌȯ-tə-mō-ˈbēl How to pronounce automobile (audio)
ˌȯ-tə-ˈmō-ˌbēl How to pronounce automobile (audio)
: a usually four-wheeled automotive vehicle designed for passenger transportation
automobile intransitive verb


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Examples of automobile in a Sentence

Noun He drives an expensive automobile. browsed online for used automobiles for sale
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That included state income taxes ($130.7 million, or 15.1%, above estimates), non-automobile sales taxes ($80.7 million, or 8.5%, above estimates), auto sales taxes ($10.1 million, or 7.8%, above estimates) and commercial activity taxes ($2.4 million, or 23.1%, above estimates). Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 10 Jan. 2022 Bad news for the anti-automobile Ham & Eggers. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2020 Pre-19th-century houses tend to be built right up against busy main roads (for ease of access in pre-automobile times). Jenny Xie, Curbed, 28 Jan. 2022 The Transportation Committee, chaired by Kerry McCormack, has expanded its purview to examine regional transportation policies, and focus more on non-automobile forms of transportation, like rail, bicycles, e-bikes, and scooters. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 4 Jan. 2022 America should learn from their pro-cycling, anti-automobile ways, not drag them down to our level! Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History



derivative of automobile entry 2


borrowed from French, "self-propelled," from auto- auto- + mobile mobile entry 1

First Known Use


1881, in the meaning defined above


1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of automobile was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Automobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
au·​to·​mo·​bile ˈȯt-ə-mō-ˌbēl How to pronounce automobile (audio) ˌȯt-ə-mō-ˈbē(ə)l How to pronounce automobile (audio)
: of or relating to automobiles


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: a usually four-wheeled vehicle with its own power system (as an internal combustion engine) designed for passenger transportation
automobile verb
automobilist noun

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