au·​to·​stra·​da ˌau̇-tō-ˈsträ-də How to pronounce autostrada (audio)
plural autostradas or autostrade ˌau̇-tō-ˈsträ-(ˌ)dā How to pronounce autostrada (audio)
: an expressway especially in Italy

Examples of autostrada in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Barreling down the autostrada, idling in front of our hotel, or stopping for gas, coffee, or red lights, the wagon drew constant admiration and approval. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 12 Aug. 2023 Given enough unrestricted autostrada, the Performante can reach a max speed of 190 mph, says the company. Dan Neil, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2023 Cruising along the autostrada on the outskirts of Rome, the GranTurismo flawlessly executes its primary mission as a luxury grand tourer. David Beard, Car and Driver, 23 Feb. 2023 Appreciate its deep tranquility before hopping on the chaotic autostrada again. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Sep. 2021 From Abruzzo, wind down SS652 to the Adriatic coast and then plunge down to the heel on the A14/A14 autostrada. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Sep. 2021

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Word History


borrowed from Italian, from auto- (combining form from automobile automobile entry 1) + strada "street, road, way," going back to Late Latin strāta "paved road, highway" — more at street entry 1

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autostrada was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Autostrada.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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