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automobile

noun au·to·mo·bile \ ˈȯ-tə-mō-ˌbēl , ˌȯ-tə-mō-ˈbēl , ˌȯ-tə-ˈmō-ˌbēl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of automobile

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

automobile

intransitive verb

automobilist

\-ˈbē-list, -ˌbē-\ noun

Examples of automobile in a Sentence

  1. He drives an expensive automobile.

  2. browsed the classified ads for used automobiles for sale

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Origin and Etymology of automobile

Other Automotive Terms


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automobile

adjective

Definition of automobile

Origin and Etymology of automobile

French, from aut- + mobile

Other Automotive Terms


AUTOMOBILE Defined for English Language Learners

automobile

noun

Definition of automobile for English Language Learners

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


AUTOMOBILE Defined for Kids

automobile

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

Definition of automobile for Students

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


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