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

In 2011, Chrysler used the context of global economic collapse and the failing automobile industry to build its brand and advocate for more consumption as a way to overcome crisis; the ad featured Detroit rapper Eminem. Sarah Banet-weiser, Vox, "Nike’s Kaepernick ad continues — and tweaks — the tradition of brands commodifying politics.," 7 Sep. 2018 The business exploded as the automobile industry blossomed. Heidi Van Horne, Houston Chronicle, "Car show celebrates influence of Edelbrock in custom, classic vehicles," 12 May 2018 If a plate comes back with a delinquent ticket, the enforcement officer can then pull over and apply a boot to the automobile. Kevin Litten,, "If New Orleans stops booting one-time tardy parking violators, here's what it will cost," 16 Apr. 2018 Everything from oceangoing steamships to rowboats and from fleets of fast automobiles to airplanes was impressed into service. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Rewind: What Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders Was Like in 1925," 11 Feb. 2019 Still, with billions of people already using navigation services and the projected growth of autonomous automobiles, engineers and security professionals would do well to heed the findings. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "A $225 GPS spoofer can send sat-nav-guided vehicles into oncoming traffic *," 18 July 2018 The recent completion of Phase III of the Garden Railroad included the installation of a dozen replica scale buildings and the addition of details such as automobiles from the 1950s. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Rosenberg Railroad Museum hosts RailFest on April 14," 11 Apr. 2018 From as early as 9 o’clock in the morning, there was constant procession of automobiles and crossing the Cabrillo bridge, while the street cars running to the park were crowded all day long., "CITIZENS TAKE OVER PARK," 2 Apr. 2018 Weaker purchases of automobiles contributed to slowdown in outlays., "Rising Prices Keep Fed Hikes on Track," 1 Mar. 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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