av·​e·​nue ˈa-və-ˌnü How to pronounce avenue (audio)
: a way of access : route
: a channel for pursuing a desired object
avenues of communication
chiefly British : the principal walk or driveway to a house situated off a main road
: a broad passageway bordered by trees
: 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
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Word History


Middle French, from feminine of avenu, past participle of avenir to come to, from Latin advenire — more at adventure

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of avenue was in 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Avenue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenue. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


av·​e·​nue ˈav-ə-ˌn(y)ü How to pronounce avenue (audio)
: a way or route to a place or goal : path
: a usually wide street

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