automobile

See also: Automobile and auto-mobile

EnglishEdit

 
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An automobile.

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • (noun, verb)
  • (adjective)
    • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɔː.təˈməʊˌbaɪ.əl/

NounEdit

automobile (plural automobiles)

  1. (US, Canada) 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.

Usage notesEdit

  • 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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DescendantsEdit

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

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VerbEdit

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

  1. (intransitive, dated) To travel by automobile.

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AdjectiveEdit

automobile (not comparable)

  1. Self-moving; self-propelled.
    • 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.
    Synonym: autokinetic

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

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AdjectiveEdit

automobile (plural automobiles)

  1. automotive

NounEdit

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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ItalianEdit

 
Diversi tipi di automobile.

EtymologyEdit

auto- +‎ mobile

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

automobile f (plural automobili)

  1. automobile
    Synonyms: auto, macchina, vettura