[aw-tuh-bahn; German ou-taw-bahn]

noun, plural au·to·bahns, German au·to·bahn·en [ou-taw-bah-nuh n] /ˈaʊ tɔˌbɑ nən/.

(in Germany and Austria) a superhighway; expressway.

Nearby words

  1. autoallogamy,
  2. autoanalysis,
  3. autoanalyzer,
  4. autoantibody,
  5. autoantigen,
  6. autobio,
  7. autobiog,
  8. autobiographical,
  9. autobiography,
  10. autobiography of alice b. toklas, the

Origin of autobahn

1935–40; < German, equivalent to Auto auto + Bahn road, way Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for autobahn



a motorway in German-speaking countries

Word Origin for autobahn

from German, from Auto car + Bahn road

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Word Origin and History for autobahn



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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