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 For now, TelAbortion remains the only avenue for women to access abortions by telemedicine. oregonlive, "During the pandemic, telemedicine abortions become crucial resource for women," 15 Feb. 2021 Siddiqi, the Pearl family lawyer, said the only legal avenue available now is to ask for a review of the court's decision to uphold Sheikh's acquittal. Kathy Gannon, USA TODAY, "Pakistani court orders release of man accused in beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl," 28 Jan. 2021 One avenue Crespo suggested to get information from the Pritzker administration was withholding money from agencies in order to get answers. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Illinois House Speaker Welch promises oversight COVID-19 response," 21 Jan. 2021 One avenue to thwart the regulation would be the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to scrap recently enacted policies with a majority vote. Robert Schmidt, Bloomberg.com, "Wall Street Fumes at 11th-Hour Rule From Trump Bank Watchdog," 14 Jan. 2021 Massie said a neighborhood group recently surveyed more than 200 households along the avenue and found that all but a handful support removing the statues. Washington Post, "Northam proposes major effort to reimagine public space around Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond," 11 Dec. 2020 After my veal Parm and spaghetti arrived, a gentleman rode a bicycle along the avenue. Pete Wells, New York Times, "9 Ways Outdoor Dining Will Change New York," 2 Nov. 2020 Protesters walked Tuesday near a police training facility and then proceeded along a major avenue near the track. CBS News, "Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville leads to 68 arrests near Kentucky Derby venue," 26 Aug. 2020 Four other prominent statues of Confederate leaders have been taken down from city property along the avenue this summer. Sarah Rankin, Star Tribune, "Judge won't dismiss Lee statue lawsuit; case heads for trial," 25 Aug. 2020

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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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Last Updated

24 Feb 2021

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“Avenue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avenue. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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