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 automobilist (audio) , ˌȯ-​tə-​ˈmō-​ˌbē-​list How to pronounce automobilist (audio) \ noun

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 Trump will tour the Ford Motor Co. Rawsonville plant that reconfigured its operations during the pandemic and shifted from making automobiles to ventilators to help save lives. Fox News, "From building trucks to ventilators, Ford's crisis response, worker pride on display during Trump's Mich. visit," 21 May 2020 The system was fine-tuned to perform particularly well for fashion items, furniture and automobiles, Sean Bell, the computer vision researcher who developed the software, said. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Facebook makes a bigger push into shopping with new online storefronts for businesses," 19 May 2020 Watkins Glen International automobile racetrack will also reopen. NBC News, "Obama slams Trump administration's leadership amid coronavirus pandemic," 17 May 2020 Making electric automobiles rather than cars with the more complex internal combustion engines, with nonunion labor to boot, is a pretty good competitive edge. Chris Isidore, CNN, "After years without turning a profit, Tesla is now poised to be a powerhouse," 13 May 2020 In February 1975, police stopped a Ford Granada automobile driving the wrong way on a street near Santa Barbara, California. Bill Mcgraw, Detroit Free Press, "How a 1975 traffic stop thrust Kathy DuRoss into gossipy stardom with Henry Ford II," 11 May 2020 Those driving automobiles or trucks under the influence may be hit with a penalty of as much as 40 million dong and a license suspension. John Boudreau,, "Vietnam’s Tough New Drunk-Driving Law Is Hurting Beer Sales," 6 May 2020 Carmakers have also been slammed by plant closures in the United Kingdom and across Europe, where some 14 million people work in jobs connected to the automobile sector. Charles Riley, CNN, "Tesla comes out on top as UK car sales fall 97% in worst month since 1946," 5 May 2020 The painful pause in our lives has led manufacturing to shut down and our new work-from-home paradigm has curbed millions of miles of automobile trips. John D'anna, azcentral, "Twinkle, twinkle little star, did less pollution make you brighter than you are?," 5 May 2020

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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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Automobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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