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 Service will be suspended between on Camelback Road between Seventh and Central avenues from about 7:30 to 10 a.m. Service will continue through race crossings in Tempe, but there may be slight delays to allow runners to pass. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Rock 'n' Roll Arizona marathon: Traffic detours, start times, tips for drivers and fans," 13 Jan. 2020 The first phase of the work, about 1 one mile long, will affect East 105th from Wade Park Avenue north to Greenlawn, which intersects about halfway between Superior and St. Clair avenues. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Road construction project on East Side artery to begin Tuesday, will disrupt traffic for a year," 8 Jan. 2020 The two side streets flanking the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, West 49th and West 50th streets, have been closed since late November to car and truck traffic between Fifth and Sixth avenues during the busiest times of day. Kate King, WSJ, "New York City Leaders Say Rockefeller Center Street Closures Should Be Permanent," 7 Jan. 2020 The crash has closed Lombard between North Commercial and Vancouver avenues, Jones said. oregonlive, "Portland pedestrian dead, cyclist injured in spate of early morning crashes, police say," 27 Dec. 2019 The closure will be in effect between Erie and Observatory avenues on Saturday from 7 a.m. to dusk and Sunday from 1 p.m. to dusk. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Edwards Road will close in Hyde Park this weekend, detours around Hyde Park Square," 15 Nov. 2019 On Coyle Street in northwest Detroit, technicians checked 140 houses last month between Grand River and Fenkell avenues. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Lead in your home's water? 2 items around your house could help you find out," 14 Nov. 2019 When Juneau Avenue is closed, shuttles drop off riders on southbound North Phillips Avenue at the break in the median between Juneau and McKinley avenues. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Going to Fiserv Forum for the Bucks, or a concert? These Milwaukee bars and restaurants have shuttles," 25 Oct. 2019 Drivers on the Capital Beltway’s outer loop should expect delays after three vehicles were involved in a crash between Georgia and Connecticut avenues. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Drivers face delays on Beltway’s outer loop," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Avenue.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenue. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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 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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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