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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Besides the liquid-crystal display panels that have long been planned for the Mount Pleasant factory, it could also be used to produce servers, networking products and central controls for automobiles, Nikkei reported. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Facing possible trade war, Foxconn says it may broaden range of products made at Wisconsin factory," 11 June 2019 The bad news: Trucks’ shares will expand as freight volumes grow and fuel efficiency advances more rapidly for automobiles than trucks. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Business’s Climate Challenge: Getting Customers to Pay," 5 Dec. 2018 Travelers going between Chicago and Indianapolis still will have the option of taking bus services such as Megabus and Greyhound, which are more energy friendly than personal automobiles. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "End of the Hoosier State train line is a loss for air quality, environmentalists say," 17 June 2019 Flying machines and automobiles had made a vast world suddenly tiny, huge distances once months apart now only days or hours away. Globe Staff,, "Brave new worlds, on view at the Mead Art Museum," 14 June 2019 Pursue transportation upgrades that work for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as automobiles. John King,, "Plan unveiled for San Francisco’s waterfront — includes Ferry Building ‘piazza’," 12 June 2019 The ongoing crisis in India’s shadow banking sector has also dried up credit for consumers looking at buying automobiles. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "There are so many unsold cars in India now that automakers are taking forced holidays," 11 June 2019 Americans traded their old automobiles for $4,500 each in federal outlays. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Waiting to Exhale: Biden’s $1.7 Trillion Anti-CO2 Tax Hike," 7 June 2019 Mexico is a key supplier of products like fresh tomatoes and grapes; bluejeans; televisions; medical devices; and automobiles. New York Times, "Trump Says No Deal With Mexico Is Reached as Border Arrests Surge," 5 June 2019

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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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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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