Definitions

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French : auto, automobile; see auto + route, road (from Old French; see route).]

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From French

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

  • 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).

    Kindness of strangers

  • 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

  • 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

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

    The Priest

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

    One problem with Google Maps

  • 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

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