avenue

noun
av·​e·​nue | \ ˈa-və-ˌnü How to pronounce avenue (audio) , -ˌnyü\

Definition of avenue

1 : a way of access : route
2 : a channel for pursuing a desired object avenues of communication
3a 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web

Bold public enterprise has retreated, and visionaries like Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann—who transformed Paris with dazzling avenues, parks and other lasting renovations between 1853 and 1870—are few and far between. Shlomo Angel, WSJ, "‘City of Light’ Review: The Man Who Lit Up Paris," 1 Feb. 2019 Instead, this disease can take a few avenues to end someone’s life. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Does Cancer Actually Kill Someone?," 15 Mar. 2019 Macklowe’s latest addition to its New York City portfolio, 200 East 59th Street, on Third Avenue, is pristine, modern, and more modestly priced than its sister tower a few avenues over. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Interior Designer Cyril Vergniol Says Goodbye to Cookie-Cutter Apartments," 8 Mar. 2019 There are more people involved and more avenues for engagement every day. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 Lawmakers demonstrating basic platform literacy; anticipating the non-answers that tech CEOs have prepared for them; scripting more penetrating follow-up questions; coordinating avenues of attack with their fellow representatives. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable," 12 Dec. 2018 The big department store was built in the late 1920s with an enlargement of the Arcade Building’s north half, the part facing Union Street, between First and Second avenues. Paul Dorpat, The Seattle Times, "The fate of the Rhodes Stores turned on a dime," 26 Oct. 2018 In Chicago, huge steel Puerto Rican flags bookend Paseo Boricua — that stretch of Division Street between Western and California avenues. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "After viral video, a refresher course: 5 things to know about Puerto Rico," 10 July 2018 The City Council unanimously voted during a meeting on Tuesday to table its discussion on how the intersection at Olive and Verdugo avenues as well as Sparks Street should be reconfigured to improve safety and traffic in that neighborhood. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "No decision made on Olive-Verdugo-Sparks intersection project," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of avenue

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for avenue

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

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The first known use of avenue was in 1600

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avenue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of avenue

: a wide street
chiefly British : a path or driveway that leads to a house located off a main road
: a way of achieving something or of reaching a goal

avenue

noun
av·​e·​nue | \ ˈa-və-ˌnü How to pronounce avenue (audio) , -ˌnyü\

Kids Definition of avenue

1 : a wide street
2 : a way of reaching a goal She saw the job as an avenue to success.

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