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[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/.
  1. (in Germany and Austria) a superhighway; expressway.
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Origin of autobahn

1935–40; < German, equivalent to Auto auto + Bahn road, way
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  1. a motorway in German-speaking countries
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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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