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 Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death for children under 15 in the United States after automobile crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bill Mcgraw, Detroit Free Press, "It's swimming season in Michigan's lakes and rivers: Have fun but use caution," 12 July 2020 With street space limited, Tumlin argued that the bus hauling 80 riders should take precedence over the automobile carrying one. Rachel Swan,, "Jeffrey Tumlin was hailed as SF’s transportation savior. Now the Muni chief faces a leadership test," 11 July 2020 The City ranks with any automobile anywhere in value, utility, and driving enjoyment. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Honda City Makes a Case for Minicars in America," 9 July 2020 But at the same time, reported robberies, burglaries, larcenies from automobiles, other larcenies, and automobile thefts have declined by at least 14% compared to this same point in 2019 as well as this point in 2018. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Atlanta mayor says increase in shootings stems from 'perfect storm of distress'," 7 July 2020 The type of assets that a recipient can own and still be Medicaid-eligible – such as a homestead, an automobile and a retirement account – can be valuable. Dallas News, "Beware the MERP: Texas offers huge loophole to recovery program," 5 July 2020 The automobile did much to crush the first bike craze; the jury is out on whether the latest bump in interest will endure. Karla Gachet, National Geographic, "Window dressing, or the road to change?," 22 June 2020 In 2006, her only daughter, Emilia Bass-Lechuga, and son-in-law Michael Wright, who met as students at Loyola Marymount University, were killed in an automobile accident shortly after they were married. Joe Garofoli,, "How Karen Bass — the other Californian up for VP — is different from her rivals," 10 July 2020 Now that credit is tight and prices are high, the minimal automobile is again fashionable. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Honda City Makes a Case for Minicars in America," 9 July 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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26 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Automobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 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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