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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of automobile (Entry 2 of 2)

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 Alabama is the nation’s fourth-largest state for automobile manufacturing. al, 11 May 2022 City leaders said that the multilevel replacement garage was counter to the city’s efforts to reduce automobile travel. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Companies like Tesla are using A.I. and big data to disrupt the automobile business. Alan Murray, Fortune, 10 May 2022 Before her, it was owned for nearly three decades by late automobile titan Lee Iacocca, whose many innovations include the development of the Ford Mustang. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 The back end of the nearly 19-foot long automobile. Leshon Lee For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, 7 May 2022 Americans’ growing love affair with the automobile sparked the initial decline of the interurban in the early 20th century, but the area CS&C managed to hang on until the stock market crash of 1929. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 6 May 2022 One of the agency’s key actions was to create and maintain a public database of automobile deaths on U.S. roads, allowing researchers to identify ways to improve safety. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 5 May 2022 Mason Andrew Ohms has been charged with one count each of automobile homicide, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, obstructing justice, and failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, according to the charging document. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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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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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The first known use of automobile was in 1876

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16 May 2022

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“Automobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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