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[aw-toh-strah-duh; Italian ou-taw-strah-dah] /ˈɔ toʊˌstrɑ də; Italian ˌaʊ tɔˈstrɑ dɑ/
noun, plural autostradas Italian, autostrade
[ou-taw-strah-de] /ˌaʊ tɔˈstrɑ dɛ/ (Show IPA)
(in Italy) a divided highway connecting major cities.
1925-30; < Italian, equivalent to auto auto + strada road, highway ≪ Latin (via) strāta; see street Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for autostrada


an Italian motorway
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from Italian, from auto car + strada road
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Encyclopedia Article for autostrada

national Italian expressway system built by the government as toll roads. The first, from Venice to Turin, was begun in 1924; construction was continuing in the early 1980s. The autostrada has three undivided lanes on a 33-foot (10-metre) roadway with 3-ft shoulders. Access is limited, with restrictions on commercial vehicles.

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