AUTO MOBILE

automobile

[aw-tuh-muh-beel, aw-tuh-muh-beel, aw-tuh-moh-beel, -buhl]
noun
1.
a passenger vehicle designed for operation on ordinary roads and typically having four wheels and a gasoline or diesel internal-combustion engine. See also hybrid ( def 5b ).
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to automobiles; automotive.

Origin:
1865–70; < French: literally, self-movable (vehicle). See auto-1, mobile

automobilist [aw-tuh-muh-bee-list, -moh-bi-list] , noun
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automobile (ˈɔːtəməˌbiːl)
 
n
another word (esp US) for car
 
automobilist
 
n

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automobile
1883, in ref. to electric traction cars, from Fr. automobile (adj.), 1861, from Gk. autos "self" + Fr. mobile "moving," from L. mobilis "movable." Meaning "self-propelled motor vehicle" is from 1895, from Fr., short for véhicule automobile. The modern Gk. calls it autokineto "moved of itself."
The Fr. word had competition in the early years from locomobile; in Eng. other early forms were motorcar and autocar.
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