Simple Definition of avenue
: a wide street
: a path or driveway that leads to a house located off a main road
: a way of achieving something or of reaching a goal
Full Definition of avenue
1 : a way of access : route
2 : a channel for pursuing a desired object <avenues of communication>
3 a chiefly British : the principal walk or driveway to a house situated off a main road b : a broad passageway bordered by trees
4 : an often broad street or road
Examples of avenue in a sentence
We drove down the avenue.
We plan to pursue all available avenues to get our message to the public.
They have closed off that avenue of discussion.
a new avenue of research
Origin and Etymology of avenue
Middle French, from feminine of avenu, past participle of avenir to come to, from Latin advenire — more at adventure
First Known Use: 1600
Rhymes with avenue
aperçu, babassu, baby blue, ballyhoo, barbecue, billet-doux, bird's-eye view, black-and-blue, buckaroo, bugaboo, callaloo, caribou, catechu, clerihew, cobalt blue, cockapoo, cockatoo, Cotonou, counterview, curlicue, déjà vu, derring-do, detinue, feverfew, follow-through, gardyloo, hitherto, honeydew, ingenue, interview, IOU, Irish stew, jabiru, Jiangsu, kangaroo, Kathmandu, kinkajou, loup-garou, Makalu, manitou, marabou, McAdoo, microbrew, midnight blue, Montague, Montesquieu, Mountain View, ormolu, overdo, overdue, overshoe, overstrew, overview, parvenu, parvenue, pas de deux, passe-partout, pay-per-view, PDQ, peacock blue, peekaboo, peer review, petting zoo, Pompidou, Port Salut, rendezvous, residue, retinue, revenue, Roh Tae Woo, seppuku, Shikoku, sneak preview, succès fou, switcheroo, talking-to, teleview, Telugu, thereunto, thirty-two, thitherto, Timbuktu, tinamou, twenty-two, view halloo, vindaloo, w, wallaroo, waterloo, well-to-do, what have you, whoop-de-do, witches' brew, Xanadu
AVENUE Defined for Kids
Definition of avenue for Students
1 : a wide street
2 : a way of reaching a goal <She saw the job as an avenue to success.>
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