autobahn [aw-tuh-bahn; German ou-taw-bahn] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural au·to·bahns, German au·to·bahn·en [ou-taw-bah-nuh n] /ˈaʊ tɔˌbɑ nən/. (in Germany and Austria) a superhighway; expressway.
Origin of autobahn 1935–40; German, equivalent to Auto+ Bahn road, way Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for autobahn Contemporary Examples of autobahn
After two hours, we exited the autobahn onto an old and broken road.
January 21, 2014
The Accident concerns a mysterious crash on the Vienna autobahn, in which a young couple is ejected from a taxi.
The Daily Beast
February 4, 2011
British Dictionary definitions for autobahn autobahn noun a motorway in German-speaking countries Word Origin for autobahn from German, from Auto car + Bahn road Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for autobahn n.
1937, German, from auto “motor car, automobile” + bahn “path, road,” from Middle High German ban, bane “way, road,” literally “strike” (as a swath cut through), from PIE *gwhen- “to strike, kill” (see).
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