from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who uses an automobile vehicle.

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  • noun Driver; person who uses a motor vehicle such as car, van or truck.

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

  • noun someone who drives (or travels in) an automobile


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  • The automobilist is a good advertiser of what he finds _en route_ that pleases him, and scores pitilessly -- to other automobilists -- everything in the nature of a swindle that he meets with, and they are not few, for in many places the automobilist is still considered fair game for robbery.

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • Lord Montagu was a noted "automobilist" of the day, who published an illustrated magazine called "The Car."

    Alanat News

  • Witnesses all hand details to the dazed biker and give only old fashioned looks to the lunatic automobilist.

    Archive 2007-01-21

  • And after the New World, would not the Old in its turn, be desecrated by the mad career of this remarkable automobilist?

    The Master of the World

  • To capture the Master of the Horse as an automobilist was a great achievement for enthusiasts in the advocacy of the new mode of travelling.

    The Portland Peerage Romance

  • It has a grand establishment known as the Société d'Automobiles Bauchet, which will cater for any and every want of the automobilist, and has a half-dozen sights of first rank, from the old Hôtel Dieu to the bizarre doubled-up Eglise St. Nicolas and the seventeenth-century, wood-roofed market-house.

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • No one is better equipped to furnish these tales than Mrs. Penrose, who, besides being an able writer, is an expert automobilist.

    Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies The Missing Pearl Necklace

  • Strategically it was important then as it is important now, and Roman soldiery of the past, as the automobilist of to-day, had here four great thoroughfares leading from the city.

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • "Slow it is," the watchful, excited Hiram heard him say, working the wheel as cautiously as an automobilist rounding a sharp curve.

    Dave Dashaway and His Hydroplane

  • "Here, give him a sip of this -- it's brandy!" and an automobilist, who had come across the links from the nearest point to the highway, offered his flask.

    The Golf Course Mystery


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  • “Paul Daniel Marriott, a highway historian and consultant in Washington, said road designers began to take the car into account around 1900. Like Vanderbilt, these early car owners were mostly wealthy men; they were called ‘automobilists’ on the model of ‘bicyclists.’�?

    The New York Times, A 100-Year-Old Dream: A Road Just for Cars, by Phil Patton, October 9, 2008

    October 12, 2008

  • (noun) - One who uses or drives an automobile; from 1897. Automobilize, to habituate to the use of an automobile. --William Craigie's Dictionary of American English, 1940

    April 23, 2018