Definition of petrol in English:

petrol

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noun

British
  • 1A light fuel oil that is obtained by distilling petroleum and used in internal combustion engines; gasoline.

    ‘cars had broken down or run out of petrol’
    • ‘Eddie notices a stranger filling up his car with petrol’
    • ‘petrol fumes’
  • 2

    (also petrol blue)
    A shade of greenish or greyish blue.

Pronunciation

petrol

/ˈpetrəl/ /ˈpɛtrəl/

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘petroleum’): from French pétrole, from medieval Latin petroleum (see petroleum). The sense ‘fuel oil’ dates from the late 19th century, apparently reintroduced from French.