nounchiefly 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.
- 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.
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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