av·​e·​nue | \ ˈa-və-ˌnü , -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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But music is just one the many avenues Ruiz uses to channel her creativity. Jasmin Hernandez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nomi Ruiz on Making Art That Means Something," 17 Jan. 2019 One avenue is to make better laws about protecting your DNA, beyond the 2008 federal law called GINA (The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act), and for states to become more involved. John Brandon, Fox News, "Could hackers steal your DNA and sell it?," 21 Aug. 2018 Missouri must find innovative ways to work with local and federal officials to fund these assets, maintain them and build the best new infrastructure avenues possible. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 The scene here in Moscow during the first week of the World Cup, where the avenues surrounding the Kremlin have been choked with supporters and where pedestrian streets like Nikolskaya and Kamergersky have become de facto outdoor bars, is testament. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Panama's Lopsided Loss Won't Damper Party of Celebrating First World Cup," 18 June 2018 The arrests were made when protesters began walking east in a line at 3 p.m., spanning the avenue and blocking rush-hour traffic, the report said. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Five Arrested In Peaceful Protest Against Poverty; Wage Inequality," 29 May 2018 But the main attraction remains one of the most beautiful avenues in the world, the Champs-Elysées. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Room at...Hotel Splendide Royal in Paris," 8 Jan. 2019 Unlike some other weekends, the stores on Paris’s Champs-Élysées avenue, as well as all attractions and museums, remained open. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Clashes Break Out as France’s ‘Yellow-Vest’ Protests Show Signs of Revival," 5 Jan. 2019 Drazan believes the Latin music industry is segmented, offering regional Mexican and Latin urban sounds from the mainstream side, and a diverse, direct-to-consumer independent avenue that’s becoming increasingly financially viable. Jessica Lipsky, Billboard, "Latin Women Take The Reins: Insights From the Latin Alternative Music Conference," 13 July 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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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


av·​e·​nue | \ ˈa-və-ˌnü , -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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