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au·​to·​mo·​bile ˌȯ-tə-mō-ˈbēl How to pronounce automobile (audio)
ˌȯ-tə-ˈmō-ˌbēl How to pronounce automobile (audio)
: a usually four-wheeled automotive vehicle designed for passenger transportation
automobile intransitive verb


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Example Sentences

Noun He drives an expensive automobile. browsed online for used automobiles for sale
Recent Examples on the Web
Known for its superiority in the sports car environment, the 911 Carrera is the easiest automobile in production today to recognize. Marc Grasso, Hartford Courant, 10 Sep. 2022 The plant builds chassis, bumpers and cockpit modules for nearby Kia, the only automobile company with a manufacturing facility in Georgia. Lautaro Grinspan, ajc, 5 Aug. 2022 Hyundai Motor Group is a world renowned automobile company, known for pushing the bounds of technology and innovation. Forbes, 17 May 2022 When asked to step out of the car to take field sobriety tests, the man was unable to stand without leaning on his Jaguar coupe automobile. cleveland, 12 May 2022 De Vries said most of the engineering work on the automobile is complete. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Feb. 2022 Henry Royce spent two decades creating all manner of mechanical and electrical inventions before deciding to focus his energy on the automobile in 1904. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2022 That journey includes a moment during 1901 when a young Henry Ford approached the leadership of Ebenezer to request a contribution, which would assist Ford’s efforts to develop his automobile company. Scott Talley,, 6 Nov. 2021 In Japanese, incidentally, the Pleiades are known as Subaru, from which the automobile company takes its name. Gregory Mcnamee And Illustrations By Ian Berry, CNN, 25 May 2021
The Transportation Committee, chaired by Kerry McCormack, has expanded its purview to examine regional transportation policies, and focus more on non-automobile forms of transportation, like rail, bicycles, e-bikes, and scooters. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 4 Jan. 2022 America should learn from their pro-cycling, anti-automobile ways, not drag them down to our level! Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


Adjective and Noun

French, from aut- + mobile

First Known Use


1881, in the meaning defined above


1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of automobile was in 1876

Dictionary Entries Near automobile

Cite this Entry

“Automobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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au·​to·​mo·​bile ˈȯt-ə-mō-ˌbēl How to pronounce automobile (audio) ˌȯt-ə-mō-ˈbē(ə)l How to pronounce automobile (audio)
: of or relating to automobiles


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: a usually four-wheeled vehicle with its own power system (as an internal combustion engine) designed for passenger transportation
automobile verb
automobilist noun

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