Definition of automobile in English:



North American
  • A car.

    • ‘The car radiator is a technology that has been around almost since automobiles were first invented.’
    • ‘You can read in bed or the bathroom, on planes, trains and in automobiles.’
    • ‘That is all that is needed just to meet the minimum requirements to be a modern automobile technician.’
    • ‘This forced the U.S auto industry to redesign and overhaul their automobiles.’
    • ‘Buses and automobiles generated suburban expansion of both residential and commercial varieties.’
    • ‘Like many towns, we tore up the streetcar tracks in the 1950s to make way for automobiles and parking spaces.’
    • ‘He has been writing about automobiles and the auto industry for nearly 30 years.’
    • ‘On the plus side, the dearth of automobiles means there are no traffic jams.’
    • ‘That's because automobiles themselves have become more or less commodities.’
    • ‘It is this property of gases that make them useful as cushioning devices such as the air bags in an automobile.’
    • ‘He says that if he was limited to just being able to design one product, it would be an automobile.’
    • ‘Currently, more than 4 million automobiles are recycled every year in North America.’
    • ‘Americans are well aware of the environmental impact of automobiles.’
    • ‘The increasing ownership and use of private automobiles has produced associated traffic and parking problems.’
    • ‘Emissions were likely to get worse as more Americans purchased and drove automobiles.’
    • ‘The customised automobile had a high roofline, a stainless steel trim, brown leather seats and a sleek exterior.’
    • ‘Despite all the safety features added to cars, an unacceptably high number of people are killed or hurt in automobiles.’
    • ‘After all, automobiles lead to thousands of highway deaths every year.’
    • ‘There is no mistaking the nationality of the automobiles these two companies produce.’
    • ‘Scrap from obsolete automobiles will be tested at the facility within the year.’
    motor car, automobile, motor, machine
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Late 19th century: from French, from auto- self + mobile mobile.