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automobile Syllabification: au·to·mo·bile
Pronunciation: /ˈôdəmōˌbēl/

Definition of automobile in English:


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.


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

Words that rhyme with automobile

mouthfeel • piecemeal

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