an expressway or superhighway in a German talking country
- an expressway in a German-speaking country
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 [only in mention of German-speaking countries]
- highway [Am.]
- interstate [Am.]
- expressway [Am.]
- motorway [Br.] [e.g. M1]