autostrada

autostrada

[aw-toh-strah-duh; Italian ou-taw-strah-dah]
noun, plural autostradas Italian, autostrade [ou-taw-strah-de] .
(in Italy) a divided highway connecting major cities.

Origin:
1925–30; < Italian, equivalent to auto auto + strada road, highway ≪ Latin (via) strāta; see street

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autostrada (ˈɔːtəʊˌstrɑːdə)
 
n
an Italian motorway
 
[from Italian, from auto car + strada road]

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autostrada

national Italian expressway system built by the government as toll roads. The first, from Venice to Turin, was begun in 1924; construction was continuing in the early 1980s. The autostrada has three undivided lanes on a 33-foot (10-metre) roadway with 3-ft shoulders. Access is limited, with restrictions on commercial vehicles.

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