Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An expressway in Germany and German-speaking countries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an expressway or superhighway in a German-speaking country.

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  • noun The high-speed intercity highways of Germany.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an expressway in a German-speaking country

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German : Auto, automobile; see auto + Bahn, road, from Middle High German ban; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots.]

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Borrowing from German Autobahn.

Examples

  • CAFFERTY: One of the outgrowths of World War II, which was arguably one of the horrible events of mankind in all of its history, was without that war we may not have the interstate highway system, that President Eisenhower who was General Eisenhower running the campaign in Europe developed something that they described as autobahn and brought the idea for the system back from the European theater, right?

    CNN Transcript Jul 16, 2006

  • For example the autobahn was a fascistic measure, but we don't turn around and say highways are evil.

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  • After all, the car is intended to be sold in Europe--and, in particular, Germany--where stalk flashing on the autobahn is the second most used feature after the gas pedal.

    The stalk that broke the Cadillac CTS' back

  • After all, the car is intended to be sold in Europe -- and, in particular, Germany -- where stalk flashing on the autobahn is the second most used feature after the gas pedal.

    The stalk that broke the Cadillac CTS' back

  • Well that's OK for the Jerries and their 'autobahn' things, scarring the countryside so that the bloody Krauts can do stupid speeds from one border to another.

    Army Rumour Service

  • Well that's OK for the Jerries and their 'autobahn' things, scarring the countryside so that the bloody Krauts can do stupid speeds from one border to another.

    Army Rumour Service

  • Well that's OK for the Jerries and their 'autobahn' things, scarring the countryside so that the bloody Krauts can do stupid speeds from one border to another.

    Army Rumour Service

  • Well that's OK for the Jerries and their 'autobahn' things, scarring the countryside so that the bloody Krauts can do stupid speeds from one border to another.

    Army Rumour Service

  • Darren Hughes of Labour said voting by Kapiti Coast voters in next year's General Election could effectively become a referendum about stopping the proposed Expressway, which he described as an "autobahn".

    NZ On Screen

  • Flying in a piloted seaplane, compared to, say, a G4, is like carpooling in a VW after racing a Maybach flat-out on the autobahn.

    Lea Lane: Seaplanes, Bikes And City Life In Scotland

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