Definition of petrol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛtr(ə)l/


[mass noun] British
1A light fuel oil that is obtained by distilling petroleum and used in internal combustion engines: [as modifier]: petrol fumes
More example sentences
  • The price of petrol, diesel and kerosene has gone up four times since February.
  • Higher oil prices have added to the cost of petrol, diesel, kerosene and gas as well as transport.
  • Tar is soluble in fossil fuels like diesel and petrol and oil spill loosens the road surface and potholes begin to form.
North American  gasoline, gas
informal juice
2 (also petrol blue) A shade of greenish or greyish blue.
Example sentences
  • Harmer sells a range of contemporary pendant lighting, including the Icon glass dome light shades, in colours from petrol blue to cardinal red, priced £109.
  • The petrol blue salwar kameez she is wearing here cost 3000-the price was only kept below 5000 because he has a team of in-house embroiderers in India.
  • The wash is equally bright and clean with light petrol notes among the apricot and apple.


Late 19th century: from French pétrole, from medieval Latin petroleum (see petroleum).

Words that rhyme with petrol


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Line breaks: pet¦rol

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