See also: Automobile and auto-mobile

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An automobile.

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From French automobile, from Ancient Greek αὐτός (autós, self) + French mobile (moving), from Latin mōbilis (movable).

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automobile (plural automobiles)

  1. (US, Canada, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand) A type of vehicle designed to move on the ground under its own stored power and intended to carry a driver, a small number of additional passengers, and a very limited amount of other load. A car or motorcar.

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  • The word automobile usually implies a car with seating for perhaps four or five passengers.
  • A vehicle with more than six or seven seats is usually described as a limousine, minivan, van, SUV, bus, etc.

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  • Alabama: mobìlika
  • Hawaiian: ʻokomopila
  • Unami: hatëmopil

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automobile (third-person singular simple present automobiles, present participle automobiling, simple past and past participle automobiled)

  1. (intransitive, dated) To travel by automobile.
    • 1909, “"How Can He Do It?"”, in Notions and Fancy Goods, volume 43, page 30:
      The misguided youngsters are yachting, attending the races, playing the "stage Johnny," automobiling, playing poker for high stakes, overliving at home, on expensive shopping tours, attending box parties to the theatre, visiting high-priced restaurants, etc., etc.

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automobile (not comparable)

  1. Self-moving; self-propelled.
    Synonym: autokinetic
    • 1919, Nikola Tesla, My Inventions:
      As early as 1898 I proposed to representatives of a large manufacturing concern the construction and public exhibition of an automobile carriage which, left to itself, would perform a great variety of operations involving something akin to judgment.

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From auto- +‎ mobile, as the vehicle is powered by an engine rather than pulled by horses.

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automobile (plural automobiles)

  1. automotive

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automobile f (plural automobiles)

  1. automobile
    L’automobile est un moyen de déplacement pratique à la campagne, mais cher et polluant.
    The automobile is a practical means of travel in the countryside, but it's expensive and polluting.

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Diversi tipi di automobile.

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From auto- +‎ mobile.

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  • IPA(key): /aw.toˈmɔ.bi.le/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔbile
  • Hyphenation: au‧to‧mò‧bi‧le

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automobile f (plural automobili)

  1. automobile
    Synonyms: auto, macchina, vettura