meaning of autobahn

autobahn meaning in General Dictionary

an expressway or superhighway in a German talking country

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  • an expressway in a German-speaking country

autobahn meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1937, German, from car "motor vehicle, automobile" + bahn "path, road," from Middle tall German ban, bane "way, road," virtually "strike" (as a swath cut-through), from PIE *gwhen- "to strike, eliminate" (see bane).

autobahn - German to English

autobahn [only in mention of German-speaking countries]

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  • highway [Am.]
  • interstate [Am.]
  • superhighway
  • thruway
  • expressway [Am.]
  • motorway [Br.] [e.g. M1]