fast·​back | \ ˈfas(t)-ˌbak How to pronounce fastback (audio) \

Definition of fastback

: an automobile with a roof having a long curving downward slope to the rear also : the back of such an automobile

Examples of fastback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The body has a beautiful shape, with a fastback look and the right amount of aggressiveness from its creases and bulging fenders. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2022 Audi RS e-tron GT Charges after the Taycan," 6 Nov. 2020 The Panamera’s long hood, 911-style headlights and fastback combine to create the impression of a smaller car. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S can hit 196 mph with stunning, immediate power," 23 Sep. 2020 Our Cobra Archives Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Karpik restored a 1967 Mustang GTA fastback in his early teens with his father. Brendan Mcaleer, Car and Driver, "Go North: The 1963 Shelby Cobra That Made History," 29 Aug. 2020 The handsome four-door fastback from Volvo’s performance and technology brand is loaded with useful features and accelerates and handles like a first-rate sport sedan. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Electric 2021 Polestar 2 arrives as one of the year’s best, most advanced new cars," 25 Aug. 2020 Those interested in owning one can sign up now with delivery expected to occur this fall starting at $33,615; starting price is $36,370 for the retractable fastback model. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Mazda Miata 100th Anniversary Released in Limited Edition for U.S.," 29 June 2020 Other notable design cues include narrow headlights, sweeping amber running lights that wrap far around into the front fenders, a long hood and short, fastback-style rear deck. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Aggressively styled 290-hp Kia K5 sedan to replace Optima this summer," 30 June 2020 The 100th-anniversary roadster will be available as either a burgundy red softtop or as an RF (retractable fastback). Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Mazda Miata 100th Anniversary Released in Limited Edition for U.S.," 29 June 2020 An additional electric offering has experienced unlikely progress: Against all odds, the fastback Polestar 2, Polestar’s second vehicle and first all-electric car, started production on March 23 at Zhejiang Geely Holding’s plant in Luqiao, China. Kyle Stock,, "The Year’s Hottest New Cars Just Got Cold as Ice," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of fastback

1954, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2020

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“Fastback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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