[ aw-tuh-muh-beel, aw-tuh-muh-beel, aw-tuh-moh-beel, -buhl ]
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  1. 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).

  1. of or relating to automobiles; automotive.

Origin of automobile

1865–70; <French: literally, self-movable (vehicle). See auto-1, mobile

Other words from automobile

  • au·to·mo·bil·ist [aw-tuh-muh-bee-list, -moh-bi-list], /ˌɔ tə məˈbi lɪst, -ˈmoʊ bɪ lɪst/, noun

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How to use automobile in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for automobile


/ (ˈɔːtəməˌbiːl) /

  1. another word (esp US) for car (def. 1)

Derived forms of automobile

  • automobilist (ˌɔːtəməˈbiːlɪst, -ˈməʊbɪlɪst), noun

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