Definitions

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

  • n. An expressway in Italy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A motorway in Italy (and some other countries)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an expressway in an Italian-speaking country.

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

  • n. an expressway in an Italian-speaking country

Etymologies

Italian : auto, automobile; see auto + strada, street (from Late Latin strāta, paved road; see street).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Other metaphoric reflexes can be seen in Italian autostrada, ` a skinny girl '(lit. ` highway') (because she has no curves), Italian ossigeno, ` money '(lit.

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  • As anyone who has spent time on an autostrada can attest, ordinary Italians, when given the chance, will drive like Michael Schumacher on the run from the law, perhaps unconsciously compensating for the frustrating slowness of other parts of their society, including the career ladder and the state bureaucracy.

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  • The Spider weighs 110 pounds more than the coupe—about 3,400 pounds—but when you're plunging down the autostrada with the Dyson vacuum of the gods pulling at your coiffure, the Spider doesn't feel a bit slower than the coupe.

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  • With the autostrada, this is now a mere two-hour commute.

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  • "Statement" wineries rose from the scrubland, including the Lafite-Rothschild joint venture, Rocca di Frassinello, whose monumental Renzo Piano–designed winery broods like a futuristic prison bunker -- in "Renzo red" -- above the autostrada.

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  • Well, after climbing up and over three legendary HC climbs in our car, we finally found the autostrada.

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  • Simchovitch was the driver, though, so the autostrada it was.

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  • The buildings they passed became shabbier, the countryside was unkempt, and the back roads they traveled between completed sections of the autostrada became, if possible, even worse.

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  • Like the rest of the Polish Commonwealth's autostrada network, the A5 had been built since the Second Soviet War, part of the government's ambitious plan to tie the newly-acquired ex-Soviet republics of Ukraine and Belarus to the rest of the country.

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  • They booked a pair of rooms at a modest hotel near the autostrada, then went out to find something to eat.

    DBTL 62: Road Trip

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