automotive

[aw-tuh-moh-tiv, aw-tuh-moh-tiv]
adjective
  1. pertaining to the design, operation, manufacture, or sale of automobiles: automotive parts.
  2. propelled by a self-contained motor, engine, or the like.
noun
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for automotive

automotive

adjective
  1. relating to motor vehicles
  2. self-propelling
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Word Origin and History for automotive
adj.

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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