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



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Other Words from automobile


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

Biden says his plan has to be cost efficient though, comparable to utilizing an automobile. Wesli Jones, CNN, "Must-see moments from the CNN climate crisis town hall," 5 Sep. 2019 The same facts and circumstances that justify a search of an automobile do not necessarily justify an arrest and search incident thereto. Jessica Anderson,, "Marijuana funk no longer probable cause to search people; Maryland appeals court cites Bob Dylan in ruling," 15 Aug. 2019 Canham is also due standard perks for prominent OSU head coaches, such as an automobile through the university’s courtesy car program, membership to Corvallis Country Club and tickets to Oregon State athletic events., "Oregon State baseball coach Mitch Canham signs a five-year, $1.75 million contract," 24 July 2019 One Maui business charges a recycling fee of $50 per net ton for an automobile with no fluids or tires, while fluids and tires increase the cost by $165, the newspaper reports. USA TODAY, "Fairy houses, feuding cousins, a fish app: News from around our 50 states," 3 June 2019 The news conference, on a Georgia law requiring hands-free electronic devices in automobiles, was then abruptly called off. Ben Nadler, The Seattle Times, "Man protesting VA burns self in front of Georgia Capitol," 26 June 2018 The news conference, on a Georgia law requiring hands-free electronic devices in automobiles, was then abruptly called off. Washington Post, "Man protesting VA burns self in front of Georgia Capitol," 26 June 2018 June 11 Ethanol, the intoxicating alcohol found in beer, wine and liquor, has been powering automobiles in the U.S. since the era of the Model T more than a century ago. Washington Post, "How Trump (and Iowa) Changed How You Fuel Your Car," 18 Sep. 2019 Trump has already rankled European leaders by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and threatening to tax European automobiles before the end of the year., "The trade body opened the door for the Trump administration to impose billions of dollars in retaliatory sanctions in May, when it ruled that Europe had illegally subsidized Airbus to the detriment of its American competitor Boeing.," 17 Sep. 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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