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automobile

[aw-tuh-muh-beel, aw-tuh-muh-beel, aw-tuh-moh-beel, -buh l] /ˌɔ tə məˈbil, ˈɔ tə məˌbil, ˌɔ təˈmoʊ bil, -bəl/
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
1865-1870
1865-70; < French: literally, self-movable (vehicle). See auto-1, mobile
Related forms
automobilist
[aw-tuh-muh-bee-list, -moh-bi-list] /ˌɔ tə məˈbi lɪst, -ˈmoʊ bɪ lɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for auto-mobile

automobile

/ˈɔːtəməˌbiːl/
noun
1.
another word (esp US) for car (sense 1)
Derived Forms
automobilist (ˌɔːtəməˈbiːlɪst; -ˈməʊbɪlɪst) noun
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Word Origin and History for auto-mobile

automobile

adj.

1883, in reference to electric traction cars, from French automobile (adj.), 1861, a hybrid from Greek autos "self" (see auto-) + French mobile "moving," from Latin mobilis "movable" (see mobile (adj.)).

n.

"self-propelled motor vehicle," 1895, from French automobile, short for véhicule automobile (see automobile (adj.)). The modern Greek calls it autokineto "moved of itself." The French word had competition in the early years from locomobile; in English other early forms were motorcar and autocar.

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