English

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Etymology 1

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From Ancient Greek αὐτός (autós, self), metanalyzed from auto- in words such as automatic, autopilot, and automobile.

Adjective

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auto (not comparable)

  1. (automotive) Clipping of automatic. (of a gearbox/transmission)
    It's an auto sedan which we picked up from a wholesaler locally.

Noun

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auto (countable and uncountable, plural autos)

  1. (chiefly attributive) An automobile.
    My brother is an auto mechanic.
  2. (uncountable) A setting for automatic operation.
    Synonym: automatic
    Antonym: manual
    Put it on auto.
  3. (automotive) An automatic gearbox/transmission.
    A body-coloured centre pillar signalled the arrival of an electronic four-speed auto, slight suspension revisions and minor trim changes.
  4. (automotive) A car with an automatic gearbox/transmission.
    It wasn't too bad but we did hire an auto (couldn't imagine changing gears with my right hand).
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Verb

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auto (third-person singular simple present autos, present participle autoing, simple past and past participle autoed)

  1. (intransitive, dated) To travel by automobile.
    • 1907, Automotive Industries, volume 16, page 711:
      The food was excellent and well served, and it recalled the Norman cities he had autoed to.
    • 1924, The Smith Alumnae Quarterly, volumes 16-17, page 318:
      Christmas Day we decided to spend in snow, in order to feel more at home, and so we autoed up 5000 ft. to Peira Cava and reveled in the winter sports, autoing back to the roses and “summer time” at nightfall.

Etymology 2

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Clipping of autorickshaw, from Hindi ऑटो रिक्शा (ŏṭo rikśā).

Noun

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auto (plural autos)

  1. (India) An autorickshaw.
    ... users are often unable to note down the number of the taxi or the auto as the driver will just zoom past.

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Basque

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Etymology

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Clipping of automobil.

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auto inan

  1. automobile, car
    Synonyms: kotxe, beribil
    Xabier auto berria erosi du.Xabier has bought a new car.

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Further reading

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  • auto”, in Euskaltzaindiaren Hiztegia [Dictionary of the Basque Academy], Euskaltzaindia
  • auto”, in Orotariko Euskal Hiztegia [General Basque Dictionary], Euskaltzaindia, 1987–2005

Catalan

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Etymology

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Clipping of automòbil.

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Noun

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auto m (plural autos)

  1. car; automobile

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Cimbrian

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Italian auto, a clipping of automobile.

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auto m

  1. (Luserna) car, automobile

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Czech

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Czech Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology

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Borrowed from Ancient Greek αὐτός (autós, self).

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auto n

  1. car, automobile

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Further reading

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  • auto in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • auto in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
  • auto in Internetová jazyková příručka

Dutch

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Etymology

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Borrowed from French auto, from automobile. Equivalent to a shortened form of automobiel.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɑu̯toː/, /ˈoːtoː/
  • Audio:(file)
  • Hyphenation: au‧to

Noun

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auto m (plural auto's, diminutive autootje n)

  1. car, automobile
    Synonyms: automobiel, bak, kar, wagen, waggie
    Hyponym: oldtimer

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Descendants

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  • Aukan: oto
  • Caribbean Hindustani: oto
  • Caribbean Javanese: oto
  • Indonesian: oto
  • Lokono: ôto
  • Papiamentu: outo
  • Sranan Tongo: oto
    • Saramaccan: otó
    • Trió: oto
  • West Frisian: auto

Estonian

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Etymology

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(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɑu̯to/, [ˈɑu̯tˑo]

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auto (genitive auto, partitive autot)

  1. car, automobile
  2. (at second or later mention) any motor vehicle, including trucks, vans, and fire engines.

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Declension of auto (ÕS type 16/pere, no gradation)
singular plural
nominative auto autod
accusative nom.
gen. auto
genitive autode
partitive autot autosid
illative autosse autodesse
inessive autos autodes
elative autost autodest
allative autole autodele
adessive autol autodel
ablative autolt autodelt
translative autoks autodeks
terminative autoni autodeni
essive autona autodena
abessive autota autodeta
comitative autoga autodega

Finnish

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Etymology

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Clipping of automobiili (from French automobile). Coined from Ancient Greek αὐτός (autós, self) and Latin mōbilis (movable).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɑu̯to/, [ˈɑ̝u̯t̪o̞]
  • Rhymes: -ɑuto
  • Syllabification(key): au‧to

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auto

  1. car, automobile

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Inflection of auto (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative auto autot
genitive auton autojen
partitive autoa autoja
illative autoon autoihin
singular plural
nominative auto autot
accusative nom. auto autot
gen. auton
genitive auton autojen
partitive autoa autoja
inessive autossa autoissa
elative autosta autoista
illative autoon autoihin
adessive autolla autoilla
ablative autolta autoilta
allative autolle autoille
essive autona autoina
translative autoksi autoiksi
abessive autotta autoitta
instructive autoin
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of auto (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative autoni autoni
accusative nom. autoni autoni
gen. autoni
genitive autoni autojeni
partitive autoani autojani
inessive autossani autoissani
elative autostani autoistani
illative autooni autoihini
adessive autollani autoillani
ablative autoltani autoiltani
allative autolleni autoilleni
essive autonani autoinani
translative autokseni autoikseni
abessive autottani autoittani
instructive
comitative autoineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative autosi autosi
accusative nom. autosi autosi
gen. autosi
genitive autosi autojesi
partitive autoasi autojasi
inessive autossasi autoissasi
elative autostasi autoistasi
illative autoosi autoihisi
adessive autollasi autoillasi
ablative autoltasi autoiltasi
allative autollesi autoillesi
essive autonasi autoinasi
translative autoksesi autoiksesi
abessive autottasi autoittasi
instructive
comitative autoinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative automme automme
accusative nom. automme automme
gen. automme
genitive automme autojemme
partitive autoamme autojamme
inessive autossamme autoissamme
elative autostamme autoistamme
illative autoomme autoihimme
adessive autollamme autoillamme
ablative autoltamme autoiltamme
allative autollemme autoillemme
essive autonamme autoinamme
translative autoksemme autoiksemme
abessive autottamme autoittamme
instructive
comitative autoinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative autonne autonne
accusative nom. autonne autonne
gen. autonne
genitive autonne autojenne
partitive autoanne autojanne
inessive autossanne autoissanne
elative autostanne autoistanne
illative autoonne autoihinne
adessive autollanne autoillanne
ablative autoltanne autoiltanne
allative autollenne autoillenne
essive autonanne autoinanne
translative autoksenne autoiksenne
abessive autottanne autoittanne
instructive
comitative autoinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative autonsa autonsa
accusative nom. autonsa autonsa
gen. autonsa
genitive autonsa autojensa
partitive autoaan
autoansa
autojaan
autojansa
inessive autossaan
autossansa
autoissaan
autoissansa
elative autostaan
autostansa
autoistaan
autoistansa
illative autoonsa autoihinsa
adessive autollaan
autollansa
autoillaan
autoillansa
ablative autoltaan
autoltansa
autoiltaan
autoiltansa
allative autolleen
autollensa
autoilleen
autoillensa
essive autonaan
autonansa
autoinaan
autoinansa
translative autokseen
autoksensa
autoikseen
autoiksensa
abessive autottaan
autottansa
autoittaan
autoittansa
instructive
comitative autoineen
autoinensa

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French

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Etymology

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Clipping of automobile.

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Noun

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auto f (plural autos)

  1. car
    Synonyms: automobile, voiture

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  • Armenian: օթո (ōtʻo)
  • Mauritian Creole: loto
  • Moroccan Arabic: لوطو (lūṭu)
  • Turkish: oto
  • Vietnamese: ô tô

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Inari Sami

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Finnish auto.

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auto

  1. car

Inflection

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Even inflection in -o[1]
singular plural
Nominative auto autoh
Accusative auto autoid
Genitive auto autoi
Illative auton autoid
Locative autost autoin
Comitative autoin autoiguin
Abessive autottáá autoittáá
Essive auton
Partitive autod

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Interlingua

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Etymology

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Shortened form of automobile, from Ancient Greek αὐτός (autós, self).

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auto (plural autos)

  1. car, automobile
    Synonym: automobile

Italian

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  • IPA(key): /ˈaw.to/
  • Rhymes: -awto
  • Hyphenation: àu‧to

Etymology 1

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Clipping of automobile.

Noun

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auto f (invariable)

  1. Clipping of automobile: car
    Synonyms: automobile, macchina, vettura
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Etymology 2

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Clipping of autobus.

Noun

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auto m (invariable)

  1. (regional) Clipping of autobus: bus
    Synonym: autobus

Etymology 3

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From Spanish and Portuguese auto (literally act).

Noun

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auto m (invariable)

  1. (historical, uncountable) auto (genre of dramatic literature)
  2. (historical) an auto literary work
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Further reading

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  • auto1 in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
  • auto2 in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Japanese

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Romanization

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auto

  1. Rōmaji transcription of アウト

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Etymology

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From Proto-Cariban *ôwtô; compare Wayana ëutë, Waiwai ïwtï, Akawaio öutö, Macushi ewîtî, Pemon autö, Ye'kwana öttö.

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auto (possessed auty)

  1. house, hut
  2. home, dwelling in general

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  • Courtz, Hendrik (2008) A Carib grammar and dictionary[2], Toronto: Magoria Books, →ISBN, page 248
  • Ahlbrinck, Willem (1931) “auto”, in Encyclopaedie der Karaïben, Amsterdam: Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen, page 117; republished as Willem Ahlbrinck, Doude van Herwijnen, transl., L'Encyclopédie des Caraïbes[3], Paris, 1956, page 117

Latin

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Adjective

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autō

  1. dative/ablative masculine/neuter singular of autus

Latvian

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Etymology 1

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Shortened form of automašīna.

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Noun

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auto m (invariable)

  1. (colloquial) car (automobile, a vehicle steered by a driver)
    Synonyms: automašīna, mašīna

Etymology 2

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See aut.

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auto

  1. inflection of autais:
    1. vocative/accusative/instrumental singular masculine/feminine
    2. genitive plural masculine/feminine

Nauruan

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Noun

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auto

  1. car

Neapolitan

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Etymology

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Inherited from Latin altus.

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auto (feminine singular auta, masculine plural aute, feminine plural aute)

  1. tall
  2. high (positionally)

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auto

  1. high

References

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  • Giacco, Giuseppe (2003) “àuto-a”, in Schedario Napoletano

Polish

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Etymology

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Borrowed from German Auto, from French auto, a clipping of automobile.

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auto n (diminutive autko or auteczko)

  1. (colloquial) car, automobile
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:samochód

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Further reading

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  • auto in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • auto in Polish dictionaries at PWN

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  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈaw.tu/ [ˈaʊ̯.tu]
    • (Southern Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈaw.to/ [ˈaʊ̯.to]

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Semi-learned borrowing from Latin āctus, perfect passive participle of agō (to make, I do), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eǵ- (to lead). Doublet of ato and acto.

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auto m (plural autos)

  1. a public deed or ceremony
    Synonyms: solenidade, cerimônia
  2. auto (a sub-genre of dramatic literature)
  3. (dated) act; deed
    Synonyms: feito, ato, ação
  4. act (record of an accomplishment)
  5. document that is part of a lawsuit or court case
  6. narration or description of an event made by a public authority and which serves as evidence of such event (e.g. a traffic citation)
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Etymology 2

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Clipping of automóvel.

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auto m (plural autos)

  1. automobile; car
    Synonyms: automóvel, carro, veículo
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Romagnol

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Etymology

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Clipping of automòbila.

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  • (Central Romagnol): IPA(key): [ˈaɐ̯uto]

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auto f (invariable)

  1. car
    Synonym: automòbila

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References

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  • Masotti, Adelmo (1996) Vocabolario Romagnolo Italiano [Romagnol-Italian dictionary] (in Italian), Bologna: Zanichelli, page 46

Serbo-Croatian

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Etymology

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Clipping of automòbīl.

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  • IPA(key): /ǎuto/
  • Hyphenation: a‧u‧to

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àuto m or n (Cyrillic spelling а̀уто)

  1. car, automobile
    Synonym: kola
    Ne možeš da uzmeš auto, jer nema benzina.You can’t take the car, because there isn’t any gas.
    • 1989, Vidosav Stevanović, Inicijali:
      Cigareta beše gorka kao pepeo. Sedeo sam u autu (ruke na volanu, glava na rukama) i osluškivao kišu – večan, jednoličan i uvek nov šum, dirljivo dosadan i meni neobično, tužno uzbudljiv; rominjala je šapućući kao starica koja plače na tuđem grobu.
      The cigarette was as bitter as ash. I sat in the car (hands on the steering wheel, head on my hands) and listened to the rain - eternal, monotonous and always new noise, touchingly boring and strangely, sadly exciting for me; she whispered like an old woman crying at someone else's grave.

Note: While the masculine form is preferred across all standards, the neuter gender is often found both in Serbian and Croatian dialects ("plavo auto" instead of "plavi auto"). In some regions (e.g. parts of Dalmatia), the word is almost always used in its neuter form. When the word is used with neuter gender, the declension changes accordingly.

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References

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  • auto” in Hrvatski jezični portal

Slovak

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auto n (declension pattern of mesto)

  1. car

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Further reading

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  • auto”, in Slovníkový portál Jazykovedného ústavu Ľ. Štúra SAV [Dictionary portal of the Ľ. Štúr Institute of Linguistics, Slovak Academy of Science] (in Slovak), https://slovnik.juls.savba.sk, 2024

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Etymology 1

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Shortening of automóvil, from Ancient Greek αὐτός (autós, self).

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auto m (plural autos)

  1. (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Uruguay) car, automobile
    Synonyms: automóvil, (Mexico, Central America, Caribbean America, Colombia, Venezuela) carro, (Philippines, Central Mexico, Spain) coche
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Early borrowing from Latin actus. Doublet of the later borrowing acto.

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auto m (plural autos)

  1. (law, formal) order, writ, resolution
  2. (literature) short play from the Middle Ages or the Renaissance
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West Frisian

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Dutch auto, from French auto.

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auto c (plural auto's)

  1. A car, an automobile.