Definitions

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

  • n. An expressway in France and French-speaking countries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An expressway, freeway, motorway or highway.
  • n. An expressway in any francophone country.

Etymologies

French : auto, automobile; see auto + route, road (from Old French; see route).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The long, smooth roadway that connected the estate to the autoroute was the perfect place to get better acquainted with the A8's 372-horsepower, 4. 2-liter V-8 and its 328 pound-feet of torque.

    Autoblog

  • "Not having been to school," he has said, "I'm not on the 'autoroute', I'm following my own path, just doing whatever I have to do to be considered normal."

    Life and style | guardian.co.uk

  • As they turned off the autoroute on to the airport spur, Martinez looked at his watch and cursed.

    The Priest

  • It seems that SNCF ticket machines, autoroute toll collection machines, etc. need a "puce" - what's a Yank to do?

    Metro Boulot Dodo - French Word-A-Day

  • On the way home from the gare, I decided to positiver: to not focus on my aunt and uncle's absence, rather to turn the lonely ride into a Sunday drive (opting for the scenic and free route nationale instead of the autoroute).

    Escapade

  • Note what happens when I increase the scale: those roads, including the railroad, suddenly shift up and cross over the autoroute.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • But just under two years later, Helene's husband Jean-Francois had a near-fatal accident on the autoroute.

    Patricia Zohn: Culture Zohn: Life in the Koolhaas

  • Midway between Paris and Frankfurt and the principal east-west autoroute in northern France, it is also on the junction of a major motorway from the Low Countries to southern Europe, and an obvious staging post for Scandinavian and German tourists heading off to their summer holidays in the south.

    Metz's Big Draw

  • On the way, I turned off the autoroute too early and drove what I thought was in the right direction.

    Anne Naylor: Finding Trust In An Unknown Future

  • Located two hours to the southeast of Paris, the wine area starts in Chablis in the north of the region and then it follows the autoroute A6 southerly to Lyon.

    Wine Blogging Wednesday #48: Back to Our Roots

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