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autobahn

[aw-tuh-bahn; German ou-taw-bahn] /ˈɔ təˌbɑn; German ˈaʊ tɔˌbɑn/
noun, plural autobahns German, autobahnen
[ou-taw-bah-nuh n] /ˈaʊ tɔˌbɑ nən/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in Germany and Austria) a superhighway; expressway.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; < German, equivalent to Auto auto + Bahn road, way
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Examples from the web for autobahn
  • The data-transfer freeway is set to turn into an autobahn.
  • Despite its location adjacent to a major highway or autobahn, direct access between the two is currently not possible.
British Dictionary definitions for autobahn

autobahn

/ˈɔːtəˌbɑːn/
noun
1.
a motorway in German-speaking countries
Word Origin
from German, from Auto car + Bahn road
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Word Origin and History for autobahn
n.

1937, German, from auto "motor car, automobile" + bahn "path, road," from Middle High German ban, bane "way, road," literally "strike" (as a swath cut through), from PIE *gwhen- "to strike, kill" (see bane).

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