odom·​e·​ter ō-ˈdä-mə-tər How to pronounce odometer (audio)
: an instrument for measuring the distance traveled (as by a vehicle)

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Odometer includes the root from the Greek word hodos, meaning "road" or "trip". An odometer shares space on your dashboard with a speedometer, a tachometer, and maybe a "tripmeter". The odometer is what crooked car salesmen tamper with when they want to reduce the mileage a car registers as having traveled. One of life's little pleasures is watching the odometer as all the numbers change at the same time.

Examples of odometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to having just 13,000 miles on the odometer, it was also treated to a full mechanical and cosmetic refresh in 2017 by the current owner. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 18 Jan. 2024 There was one more problem — a 600-mile gap between the odometer reading reported by Hertz and the one reported on your return. Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, The Mercury News, 1 Jan. 2024 The bright red coupé doesn’t just look good, though—it’s also got just 64 miles on the odometer. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 8 Jan. 2024 If all that wasn’t intriguing enough, the car has just 587 miles on the odometer. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 Jan. 2024 The car has 38,000 miles on the odometer, only 2,000 of which have been put on by the star. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Dec. 2023 The original owner held on to the car for 10 years and appears to have enjoyed their time with it, putting some 21,000 miles on the odometer. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 Basically untouched, No. 107 shows only 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) on the odometer. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 6 Nov. 2023 The open-top hybrid is in excellent condition and has a measly 2,072 miles on the odometer. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


French odomètre, from Greek hodometron, from hodos way, road + metron measure — more at measure

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of odometer was in 1791

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“Odometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odometer. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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odom·​e·​ter ō-ˈdäm-ət-ər How to pronounce odometer (audio)
: an instrument for measuring distance traveled (as by a vehicle)

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