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 (ô′tō-strä′də, ou′tō-)
An expressway in Italy or another area where Italian is spoken.

[Italian : auto, automobile; see auto + strada, street (from Late Latin strāta, paved road; see street).]


(Automotive Engineering) an Italian motorway
[from Italian, from auto car + strada road]


(ˈɔ toʊˌstrɑ də, ˈaʊ toʊ-)

n., pl. -stra•das, -stra•de (-ˌstrɑ deɪ)
(in Italy) a divided highway connecting major cities.
[1925–30; < Italian, =auto auto + strada road « Latin (via) strāta; see street]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.autostrada - an expressway in an Italian-speaking countryautostrada - an expressway in an Italian-speaking country
expressway, freeway, motorway, pike, state highway, superhighway, throughway, thruway - a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic
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His inspiration came back in 1990 when he was in Italy, driving on the Autostrada.
About an hour south of Rome, I turned off the E45 Autostrada at the Caianello exit, got on a country road that seemed headed toward the mountains and eventually found La Fenice, a mozzarella dairy, or "caseificio", outside the hamlet of Presenzano.
An estimated 10 men in four cars brought the van to a halt near Bergamo on the A-4 Milan-Venice autostrada, then opened fire, forcing the private security guards to flee.
IT MIGHT be sensational on an Italian autostrada - but Alfa Romeo in the UK reckoned that the sexy Alfa Brera coupe needed a bit more bite for us Brits.
Gabriele Sandri, a 26-year-old DJ from Rome, was hit in the neck by a bullet while in a car on the A1 Autostrada road near the town of Arezzo, north of Rome.
His plan called for integrating the station with three new bridges, designed to connect the Autostrada del Sole (A1) to the city by way of a tree-lined avenue, Viale Trattati di Roma.
Most of the journey is on the autostrada toll road which is fast and clear and, despite what you hear about Italian driving, much less scary than the average day on the M8.
Specifically, Rhodes discusses the history of the construction and growth of the borgate under fascism, the large-scale public housing projects of the 1950s, and the construction of the Autostrada, in addition to Pasolini's poetry, letters, and his novel The Ragazzi.
In the small town of Castel San Pietro Terme, not far by Autostrada from Bologna, one finds D.
To me life has been more like one of those sections of autostrada on the Italian Riviera, on which there are lots of tunnels, some long, some short, with sunlit open spaces of varying lengths between them for which the darkness leaves one temporarily dazzled and often unprepared.
Allora non esisteva ancora la meravigliosa e grande autostrada del Brennero, e ci vollero due giorni per giungere al confine" (13).
The first indication of disaster occurs on the autostrada from Bologna, where lorry after lorry loaded with rusty cars climbs slowly northwards up the Futa pass, and scarcely does one leave the autostrada than in the western suburbs of the town, far from the river, oil stains appear along the streets at shoulder height and piles of rotting woodwork stand in the mud outside each door.