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

Rich Ceppos has evaluated automobiles and automotive technology during a career that has encompassed 10 years at General Motors, 15 years writing for Car and Driver, and thousands of miles logged in racing cars. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Rich Ceppos," 30 Apr. 2019 Most notably, data from the Federal Reserve showed U.S. industrial output fell 0.6% in January from the previous month, led by a decline in automobile production. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bond Yields Tick Higher Amid Trade Hopes," 15 Feb. 2019 Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way. Fox News, "Lynne Patton responds to Omarosa audio tape," 15 Aug. 2018 Trump has called for revising the deal to gain more benefits for U.S. workers, but negotiations hit an impasse over cross-border automobile production. Kevin Sieff, The Seattle Times, "López Obrador, winner of Mexican election, given broad mandate," 2 July 2018 Other manufacturers were no less concerned: One study suggests that the tariffs could kill up to 40,000 jobs in the automobile industry alone. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump deepens the West’s sense of crisis," 1 June 2018 Studebaker used it for automobile production until 1933. Free Press Staff Reports, Detroit Free Press, "Ford Piquette plant adds rare collection for Detroit auto show," 12 Jan. 2018 American automobile production in the 1950s far exceeded the output of all other nations combined. Jesse Leavenworth,, "A Pair Of ‘50s Characters For Manchester Car Show," 4 Aug. 2017 Each of these earlier revolutions is easy to measure in hindsight—tons of steel produced, number of automobiles on the road, the proportion of homes with a PC. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Inside the New Industrial Revolution," 12 Nov. 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

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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