[aw-tuh-muh-beel, aw-tuh-muh-beel, aw-tuh-moh-beel, -buh l]


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).


of or relating to automobiles; automotive.

Nearby words

  1. automatize,
  2. automatograph,
  3. automaton,
  4. automechanism,
  5. autometer,
  6. automobile insurance,
  7. automobilia,
  8. automorphic,
  9. automorphism,
  10. automotive

Origin of automobile

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

Related formsau·to·mo·bil·ist [aw-tuh-muh-bee-list, -moh-bi-list] /ˌɔ tə məˈbi lɪst, -ˈmoʊ bɪ lɪst/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for automobile



another word (esp US) for car (def. 1)
Derived Formsautomobilist (ˌɔːtəməˈbiːlɪst, -ˈməʊbɪlɪst), noun

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Word Origin and History for automobile
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