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

Definition of automobile 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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Mexico is also the United States’ third-largest trading partner for goods, with the U.S. buying about 80 percent of Mexico’s exports, including automobiles, fruit, vegetables and beer. Susannah George,, "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 13 July 2018 Mexico is also the United States' third-largest trading partner for goods, with the U.S. buying about 80 percent of Mexico's exports, including automobiles, fruit, vegetables and beer. Susannah George,, "Mexico officials urge Mike Pompeo to reunite immigrant families quickly," 13 July 2018 That means legislators who live hundreds of miles from the city, and may never go near the place by land, sea or automobile, have a say on these entirely local issues. New York Times, "Senator Does a U-Turn on Speed Cameras in School Zones," 12 July 2018 During the parade, waves of riders — 4,000 at a time — rode through the central part of Prague, squeezing together at times to navigate the narrow streets shared by electric trams, automobiles, delivery trucks and thousands of cheering spectators. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson riders in Prague share a parade, stories, at a rally that fuels their passion," 7 July 2018 Toyota has sold a ton of Corollas on the back of its reputation as a cheap, reliable, worry-free automobile. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "They Made the Toyota Corolla Cool," 29 June 2018 Romney’s little Nash automobile, which one of the enthusiast magazines tested, got almost 30 miles to the gallon in traffic and 39.4 on the highway. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Little Shared Vehicles," 29 June 2018 The automobile, airline and space industries have long used command centers to improve quality, safety and operate more efficiently. Naseem S. Miller,, "Florida Hospital building state-of-the-art command center," 22 June 2018 And the fraction that is subject to tariffs consists primarily of advanced industrial inputs and technology, like robotics, automobiles, and heavy machinery. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Raises Taxes on Chinese Goods, Eyes Foreign Cars Next," 15 June 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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