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[aw-tuh-muh-beel, aw-tuh-muh-beel, aw-tuh-moh-beel, -buh l] /ˌɔ tə məˈbil, ˈɔ tə məˌbil, ˌɔ təˈmoʊ bil, -bəl/
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).
of or relating to automobiles; automotive.
Origin of automobile
1865-70; < French: literally, self-movable (vehicle). See auto-1, mobile
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[aw-tuh-muh-bee-list, -moh-bi-list] /ˌɔ tə məˈbi lɪst, -ˈmoʊ bɪ lɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • The government allocates to the automobile giants money under modernization of manufacture.
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  • The comparison of the university to the automobile industry is a dog that doesn't quite have any teeth.
  • In many ways, the device resembles a combustion cylinder in a standard automobile engine, though without a piston.
  • We have more automobile plants than the north, and many other factories as many have moved south.
  • All the subsystems of every type of automobile had to be worked out.
  • Determining exactly what causes automobile accidents is far more difficult than it first appears, researchers say.
British Dictionary definitions for automobile


another word (esp US) for car (sense 1)
Derived Forms
automobilist (ˌɔːtəməˈbiːlɪst; -ˈməʊbɪlɪst) noun
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Word Origin and History for automobile

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.)).


"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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