Definition of autopista in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɔːtə(ʊ)ˈpiːstə/
Pronunciation: /autoˈpista/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A motorway in a Spanish-speaking country.
Example sentences
  • We pass abandoned mine workings, tall chimneys reminiscent of Cornwall, before descending to connect with the autopista for the final few miles into Aguilas.
  • So, back on the autopista, for that is where we were by now, we pulled over at a garage, bought a map and retraced our route into the city centre.
  • Accompanied by my colleague, I drove along the new autopista leading out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, toward Guyama.


1950s: from Spanish, from auto 'automobile' + pista 'track'.

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