[aw-tuh-bahn; German ou-taw-bahn]
noun, plural autobahns German, autobahnen [ou-taw-bah-nuhn] .
(in Germany and Austria) a superhighway; expressway.

1935–40; < German, equivalent to Auto auto + Bahn road, way Unabridged
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autobahn (ˈɔːtəˌbɑːn)
a motorway in German-speaking countries
[from German, from Auto car + Bahn road]

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Word Origin & History

1937, from Ger., from auto "motor car" + bahn "path, road."
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Example sentences
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.
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