[aw-tuh-moh-tiv, aw-tuh-moh-tiv]


pertaining to the design, operation, manufacture, or sale of automobiles: automotive parts.
propelled by a self-contained motor, engine, or the like.


Informal. an industry, store department, etc., specializing in appliances and parts for cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles: You may find what you're looking for in automotive.

Origin of automotive

First recorded in 1860–65; auto-1 + motive
Related formsnon·au·to·mo·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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relating to motor vehicles
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Word Origin and History for automotive

1865, in reference to some sort of helicopter-like device, a hybrid from auto- "self," from Greek, + motive (adj.), from Latin. Meaning "pertaining to automobiles" is from 1898.

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