Definition of automobile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôdəmōˌbēl/


chiefly North American
A road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine or electric motor and able to carry a small number of people.
Example sentences
  • The internal combustion automobile is one of the biggest engines of personal liberty ever created, right up there with the firearm.
  • Compare these advances to those in the automobile or electrical power industries.
  • For example, unicycles and automobiles are vehicles with one and four wheels each, respectively.
car, auto
informal wheels
jalopy, lemon, clunker, hooptie, Tin Lizzie, rustbucket
dated or British  motorcar


Late 19th century: from French, from auto- 'self' + mobile 'mobile'.

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Syllabification: au·to·mo·bile

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