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



Definition of automobile (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from automobile


automobile intransitive verb
automobilist \ ˌȯ-​tə-​mō-​ˈbē-​list How to pronounce automobile (audio) , ˌȯ-​tə-​ˈmō-​ˌbē-​list How to pronounce automobile (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for automobile

Synonyms: Noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His career at Storrs began with an arrest on multiple charges stemming from an automobile accident, and he was suspended his first three games. Dom Amore,, "UConn men’s basketball sophomore James Bouknight declares for NBA Draft," 31 Mar. 2021 White lost his father, Tyrone, in an automobile accident in South Florida in September., "Patriots expected to re-sign running back James White, per reports," 24 Mar. 2021 Nearly three decades after his death in an automobile accident, Petrovic remains such a muse that Goles of Idaho State sometimes wears his replica Nets jersey around campus and takes it to games as a talisman to inspire her shooting. New York Times, "The Road to the Final Four Runs Through Zagreb," 22 Mar. 2021 The purpose of the policies is to fight local urban air pollution, particularly smog, which is caused by the chemicals in automobile emissions. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Cities Plan to Keep Traffic Out When Lockdowns Lift," 21 May 2020 For aficionados of the automobile, gathering to see and talk cars with like-minded souls—whether in parking lots over coffee or inside storied museums and warehouses—offers a collective celebration that was put on hold during the pandemic. Marco Della Cava, Robb Report, "The Mullin Automotive Museum Gets the Green Light to Reopen," 7 Apr. 2021 African Americans throughout the country had a great deal of trouble getting automobile insurance., "Excerpt from Mia Bay’s ‘Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance’," 25 Mar. 2021 The Collier Collections are spread out over four main galleries and cover the early days of the automobile right up to today, with a heavy emphasis on race cars. Mark Yost, WSJ, "A Collection Shifts Into a Higher Gear," 20 Mar. 2021 Booker’s ongoing expression of ecological and technological concerns, examinations of racial and economic disparities, and her interest in the symbolism of the automobile in American culture. Chadd Scott, Forbes, "The Art Of Black Miami," 17 Mar. 2021

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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

Adjective and Noun

French, from aut- + mobile

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Time Traveler for automobile

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The first known use of automobile was in 1876

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22 Apr 2021

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“Automobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of automobile

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


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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