[aw-tuh-bahn; German ou-taw-bahn]
- (in Germany and Austria) a superhighway; expressway.
Origin of autobahn
1935–40; < German, equivalent to Auto auto + Bahn road, way
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Examples from the Web for autobahn
- a motorway in German-speaking countries
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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